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Different Types Of Braces

Different Types Of Braces

Braces can benefit you in many ways. They help straighten your teeth, enforce good oral cleaning habits, and help protect your teeth from misalignment and potentially damaging your gums and jawline. However, choosing which kind of braces you want can be a difficult challenge. Here are all the different types of braces available at you dentist’s office.

Different Types of Braces

Traditional, Metal Braces – While traditional braces used to be heavier, today, they are lighter in weight and structure. Made from high-grade steel, these metal braces are attached to each tooth using cement. The brackets of the braces are linked to one another through thin wires, putting pressure on the teeth.

Ceramic Braces – Similar to traditional braces, ceramic braces are made from a clear, translucent ceramic material, making them less visible to others but still want the results that a person would normally get from using traditional braces. Patients that wear these kinds of braces have brackets, elastic, and ceramic surrounding their teeth as they grow into place, and these braces can become discolored over time.

Damon Braces – A gentler treatment, Damon braces or self-ligating braces, work by using a slide mechanism to help push the teeth back into place. With Damon braces, they cause less friction on the teeth and less painful movement. These braces are also known to be easy to clean.

Clear Aligners – Aligners such as Invisalign are clear braces made plastic and resin that resembles a mouth guard, but are custom-made to adjust and grow with your teeth. Removable and easy to clean, these need to be replaced every two weeks, and with each adjustment, it gives you a sense of progression as your teeth align.

Forsus Appliances – These braces help protect from a difficult overbite. As a spring worn inside the cheeks, these get attached to braces to adjust the upper or lower jaw and are typically used for children as they age.

Palatal Expanders – For those who have crowded teeth, the expander goes onto the palate of the mouth and applies pressure to the upper molars of the teeth, allowing them to gradually move apart over time. This expander also makes it possible for other types of braces to be corrected into the teeth.

What Type of Braces Are Best For Me?

Depending on the condition of your teeth, it’s best to speak to your dentist about what type of braces you would need, where your teeth need the most work, and how much it will cost. Braces can be especially good for those who want to have straighter teeth and don’t know where to begin. If you’re interested in learning about braces and which ones would work best for you, contact Dr. Kevin H. Speer at Oak Grove Dental. Located in Milwaukie, OR, Dr. Speer and his excellent team of dentists will give you the most sound advice on how to choose which braces are right for you, help install them, and teach you the proper ways of caring for your braces. If your interested and want to learn more, call their number and schedule an appointment today.

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