In days of yore, the only orthodontic braces available were metal braces. Patients can now choose from many different other types of braces: ceramic, lingual, Invisalign® and others. Metal braces are still around, however. While they are smaller and more unobtrusive than they used to be, they are still the most noticeable type of braces. With that being said, these braces are still the most popular type.
All Orthodontists Know How to Work with Metal Braces
Using the rarer and more exotic orthodontic braces can require specialized training. For example, an orthodontist who wants to start using lingual braces on their patients has to undergo specialized training. Not all orthodontists undertake such training, and finding a specialist who works with lingual braces can be difficult.
On the other hand, since metal braces are still the most common type, all orthodontists know how to work with them. That makes it much easier to find and get the desired treatment.
Metal Braces are the Sturdiest
These braces can take more punishment than other types. In 2008, the Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics conducted a survey about the different types of braces. The respondents told the questioners that metal braces were the ugliest, but they were also the most effective. They also described metal braces as being able to take more punishment than other types of braces. Ceramic braces lost points for their tendencies to get chipped or stained. The removable and transparent Invisalign® trays are easy to lose.
They Have a Long History of Reliability
People have been trying to straighten teeth at least as far back as ancient Egypt. The first modern metal braces, however, did not debut until the early 20th century. They were the infamous “railroad tracks” that required the orthodontist to wrap metal bands around the patient’s teeth and gradually pull them into alignment.
Over the decades, orthodontists refined the braces. Stainless steel became the metal of choice, and some of the bands were gradually replaced by brackets. Metal braces have existed in some form for about a century. Over that time, they have gained a reputation for reliability and effectiveness.
Metal Braces are the Most Versatile Type
Invisalign® works best for relatively simple and minor orthodontic problems. Metal (and ceramic) braces are more effective at correcting more serious and complicated issues. They can be used to treat a variety of malocclusions, crowding, spacing and alignment problems. Our orthodontist will periodically adjust the braces so they continually move the teeth into their proper position.
Learn More About the Benefits
With locations in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, Pack Orthodontics offers a variety of different types of braces, including traditional metal braces. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how these braces can benefit you!