While it’s something that people generally don’t look forward to wearing, no other dental treatment is nearly as effective and safe as dental braces. While it’s commonly don by children and teenagers to ensure proper teeth alignment and development, adults can also wear them particularly if they haven’t got the chance to have their teeth aligned at a much younger age.
Here at Supersmile Orthodontics in Canberra, we offer various kinds of dental braces. While they essentially serve the same purpose (to properly align teeth), they do differ in terms of appearance and how they work. Some are more comfortable and less likely to cause allergic reactions than others; others are less conspicuous or even invisible. You’d do well to learn about the different options available so that you can discuss it better with your orthodontist.
Your options on Affordable Braces
Indeed you can expect a number of options when it comes to dental braces. In general, some of the best orthodontists in the dental practice offer two types of braces – removable and fixed braces. As the name suggests, removable braces can be taken off for cleaning and during meals while you can’t do the same for its fixed counterpart which must be worn for the entire duration of the dental treatment.
Aside from the two types mentioned above, you’ve also got additional options:
Traditional metallic braces
It’s the type of dental braces that are people most accustomed to characterised by wired metal wires and brackets secured in place by rubber straps. Some metal braces (self ligating) don’t require the rubber straps and the brackets are instead affixed by the wire itself.
In any case, traditional metallic braces are extremely effective at correcting any problems with teeth alignment. The duration of the treatment also tend to be much shorter which means that it requires fewer dental appointments (for periodic adjustments). That said, the metal brackets on these braces tend to be very visible which people often find unsightly. Some people are also allergic to nickel (most common type of material for metal braces) although there are other alternatives – titanium and gold-plated stainless steel.
Ceramic dental braces
They are similar to metal braces but instead using ceramic brackets, which is ideal for people looking for a less conspicuous alternative to regular metal braces. The ceramic brackets mimic the colour of natural teeth and impervious to staining. Ceramic braces are generally more expensive than regular metallic braces and not nearly as durable. Still it’s an option that is well worth considering if you dread the idea of having to wear visible metal brackets on your teeth.
Incognito lingual braces
These braces also known as “braces behind teeth” and similar to your regular metal braces except for one important thing. Incognito braces are essentially metal brackets that are fitted directly behind each tooth; hence it’s name. This means that the braces are practically invisible when viewed from the front.
Incognito braces tend to cost a lot more than traditional braces (up to $12,500 for a full treatment). A significant amount but not unexpected; people hold aesthetics in high regard and it takes great skill to affix the metal brackets directly behind each tooth. Unlike other types of braces, only an orthodontist possess the training and knowledge required to undertake the dental treatment safely and effectively.
Perhaps the best among so called “invisible braces”, invisalign is comprised of a series of removable clear aligners. It was designed to address all of the shortcomings associated with traditional metal braces. For one thing, the braces are transparent and practically invisible. As you may have already seen in many invisalign before and after photos, No one needs to know that you’re wearing them (unless you tell them of course).
Yet another advantage when it comes to invisalign braces is that it is removable which makes it easier to keep clean. You can remove said braces during meal times and whenever you are brushing or flossing your teeth. Invisalign braces are also less prone to irritation as there is less root resorption making them more comfortable to wear.
The cost of invisalign braces
Of course the above-mentioned advantages does have it’s downsides in terms of time and cost. The average cost of invisalign braces is around $6000 to $9000 which places it way above conventional metal braces (around $4500). Your dental care provider will also need to see you more often (once every 4 to 6 weeks) to check on the progress of the alignment and swap out a new set of aligners as needed.
Would you like to learn more about your options in dental braces? Perhaps you’re looking to gets started with any of the above mentioned braces? Call Super Smile today on 1300 767 553 and arrange a consultation.