The Difference Between Plates and Braces – What You Need to Know

Image of a plates and Braces comparedIf you’re considering straightening your teeth, there are several different orthodontic treatments now available. Today, people are not limited to fixed braces and have the choice of considering a removable alternative in the form of dental plates.

Your orthodontist will recommend the most suitable course of treatment depending on your oral care needs. Despite this, it is useful to be aware of the differences between plates and braces, and the benefits of both. In this post, we take a look at the differences between a plate and braces and compare their functions in creating a beautiful smile.


Dental plates for adults

In orthodontics, a plate is a solid plastic device which fits around the top or bottom jaw or occasionally both jaws.  It utilises wires and springs to push the teeth into position, or keep them in place. The Orthodontist does not bond the wires and springs to the teeth, so you can remove the dental plate whenever you want which is perhaps its’ most significant advantage. However, you must commit to wearing them as your dental treatment requires, to attain the best outcome, especially if you are wearing the plates to straighten teeth.

You can also use dental plates for missing teeth as an alternative for implants although that is not its primary goal.

Teeth plates before and after – How does it compare to dental braces?

A significant advantage you will find is that the cost of orthodontic plates is much cheaper compared to the cost of braces (around $300 to $5000 per dental plate). Braces on the other hand, can cost anywhere from $6000 to $9000. However, it is important to understand that it isn’t only a matter of choosing one over the other.


Why is this so?

Orthodontists often recommend dental plates to fix minor issues of teeth crowding and to overcome a bite problem. Dental braces, on the other hand can fix both straightforward and complex problems in teeth alignment or function. Therefore, if you require a simple orthodontic treatment, a plate may be an option that your Orthodontist will recommend. In most cases however, braces are often a better option even for young patients, as they can fix problems much more efficiently and straighten all types of crooked teeth.

Dental plates are commonly used to make smaller corrections. Occasionally, they may also be used in the first phase of more complex treatment. For example, a plate might be employed to seal gaps in kids teeth or to support proper spacing between teeth and pushing teeth to align properly.  Braces are generally required in the second stage of the treatment during the adolescent years to cosmetically straighten the teeth and develop a perfect bite.

The best person to advise you on whether a plate is the most acceptable type of treatment for is an orthodontist.  Your orthodontist will explain the specific benefits and disadvantages of any orthodontic treatment.


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