Different Types of Braces


When you’re new to braces, getting braces can seem like an annoyance, especially how some types of braces interfere with the way you speak and eat. However, there are more types of braces then the traditional metal grills. Learning about the different types of braces can help inform you better about your options and help you work with your dentist to be able to get your braces installed, your teeth fixed up so that eventually you can have your the perfect smile you dreamed of.

Different Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces – Metal braces have always been the stereotypical image that people think of when they think of braces. While originally they were made with heavy metals, today, they are made with lighter materials. Nowadays they are made with high-grade steel and are attached to the tooth using cement, putting pressure on the teeth using thin wires.

Ceramic Braces – Similar to metal braces but are made with a clear ceramic material, ceramic braces allow for people to wear braces without making them as visible to others. These are made with elastic, brackets, and ceramic and are used to surround the teeth as they grow into place. The downside to these braces is that they can become discolored over time.

Damon, Self-Ligating Braces – Self-ligating braces work through a sliding mechanism to push the teeth back into place. These cause less friction on the teeth and make the experience of wearing braces less painful. While these braces are also easy to clean, they also tend to take longer to align the teeth.

Invisalign – A popular, cosmetic solution to braces, Invisalign are clear plastic braces that resemble a mouthguard. Invisalign is custom made to fit the mouth and are constantly replaced every two weeks. While they tend to be on the more expensive side, these allow you to be easily taken out and cleaned.

Accessories For Braces

Forsus Applicances – A spring worn inside the cheeks, these attachments help protect the teeth from developing an overbite. Attached to either the upper or lower jaw, these are typically used for children as they age.

Palatal Expanders – Attached to the palate of the mouth, a palatal expander applies pressure to the upper molars of the teeth. These are used to pull apart any overcrowded teeth over time and makes it possible for other braces to correct the teeth.

What Type of Braces Should I Get?

What braces you should get depending on what the current condition of your teeth are. When deciding what type of braces you need, it’s best to speak to your dentist about what they suggest for braces. Dentists such as Dr. Alireza Movassaghi at Alvarado Family Dental Center at Los Angeles, CA. Serving families for decades, Dr. Movassaghi specializing in caring for children’s teeth, especially for those who have to adjust to braces to get their teeth straightened. If you feel like you need to get your teeth straightened out, then contact Alvarado Family Dental Center today and schedule an appointment.

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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