If you have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite or gaps between your teeth, you may be wondering if braces are a good option for you. Many people think that braces are just for pre-teens and teenagers, and once you become an adult, you need to live with your unattractive teeth. This could not be further from the truth. With the latest technology, and virtually invisible appliances, many adults are getting the treatment they missed as children without the embarrassment of traditional brackets and wires.
We offer several different types of braces from which to choose. During a consultation with our specialist, you can learn about the different types and consider which one is the best option for your lifestyle.
Traditional metal braces are made of stainless steel and are the most visible type. They use brackets and thin wires as well as rubber bands to put the pressure needed on the teeth to move them to the right position. Metal braces may irritate your gums and cheeks during the first week or two, and you need to be careful of what you eat. However, today’s devices are a lot smaller and more attractive than they were in the past.
Ceramic braces are made so that they do not stand out. The ceramic is colored to match your teeth, and there are clear elastic or white ties to hold the braces in place. The ceramic does not stain, but the ties may discolor when you eat colored food and drinks, such as coffee, grape juice and red wine. These ties will be replaced about once every month. Ceramic braces are more delicate than metal ones.
Lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth, so they remain out of sight. It takes longer to apply them because the process is more complicated than the other types. However, they are a great option for people who are embarrassed to show that they are going through orthodontic correction.
Invisible braces are a good option for people who want to upgrade their smile or correct a problem with their bite. They consist of a clear, plastic aligner that is fitted over the teeth. It gradually pushes the teeth into the correct position. The aligners are changed every two weeks to keep the teeth moving until they are in the correct place. They offer several advantages along with being virtually invisible. They can be taken out at will, cleaned with normal brushing and toothpaste and there are no eating restrictions.
To learn more about which type of braces would be the best fit for you, schedule an appointment at Pack Orthodontics. Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns. We have offices in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro. Contact us today to book your appointment.