Have you been considering whether braces might help with aligning your teeth but have some questions?
You’re not alone! Here at Crestmead Dental, we offer both traditional braces and Invisalign.
Let’s take a look at some of the most asked questions so that you can make the best decision for your smile.
What are the different types of braces?
Braces are one of the most popular ways to correct alignment in your teeth. Coming in many shapes and sizes, they can be made from a variety of materials.
The two main types of braces are fixed and removable. Most of us are familiar with the fixed braces – those that stay in place throughout the treatment period. Removable braces are those which, as the name suggests, can be removed as per dentist instructions. This may be after a number of weeks or months, depending on the treatment required.
Today the two common types of braces we see are traditional braces and Invisalign. Traditional braces are those that use metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth; they are still the most common type of brace used. Newer technology has allowed Invisalign to come onto the market. These braces use clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth instead of metal.
The most common materials braces are made out of are metal and plastic. Many people choose metal braces as they find them the most comfortable. On the other hand, those that choose plastic do so because they feel more secure. It is important to remember that the material you choose is right for your teeth and your mouth structure. Your dentist will consult with you on the best option.
What are the benefits of each type of brace?
As with anything, both traditional braces and Invisalign have their own benefits.
Traditional braces tend to:
- Be more effective at correcting severe dental problems
- Be less expensive
- Be uncomfortable
- Make it hard to brush and floss your teeth
Invisalign on the other hand:
- Can be more comfortable for less severe issues
- Basically invisible when you wear them
- More expensive
- Can be taken off to brush and floss your teeth (required to wear them for at least 22 hours a day)
How long will I need to wear braces?
How long you will need to wear braces is really dependent on both the type of braces you choose to use, and how much of an alignment your teeth need. There is no one answer unfortunately.
If your teeth are close together you may need to use them for a shorter time than someone whose teeth are further apart. Generally, traditional braces are worn for at least two years, while Invisalign tends to be worn for at least a year.
What you may find however is that your braces will need to be replaced in this time frame, so it is something you will need to be prepared for.
What are the risks of wearing braces?
There doesn’t tend to be a lot of risks with wearing braces if you need them (of course if you don’t need them, you may risk damaging your teeth).
The most common risks include:
- Teeth becoming more sensitive
- Developing mouth sores and ulcers
- Discomfort when first having braces placed
Most people tend to only experience mild to moderate discomfort, however if the discomfort is getting worse or lasts for too long, it is best to go back and see your dentist.
Are you considering getting braces? Schedule a consultation with us today and we’ll help you choose the best type of brace for your needs!