You might be living with braces for as long as 18 months to two years, so choosing the right brace type can be a big decision. Schmitt Orthodontics can help with any questions you might have about the different types of braces and how to adjust to living with your braces for a successful treatment. Here is a brief look at some of the different types of braces to consider with your orthodontist.
The traditional metal braces are the most common type. They are made of stainless steel with brackets that attach to each tooth. Your orthodontist will adjust and tighten metal braces at each visit so your teeth will gradually shift to the correct bite position over time.
Clear braces are a popular option for many adults. Their ceramic material makes them less visible, but the tradeoff is that clear braces are more fragile and require a bit more care. Your orthodontist will likely recommend a fluoride rinse for additional cleaning and care of your teeth while using clear braces.
Depending on the type of orthodontic bite treatment that you need, the Invisalign System may be the right choice for you. Invisalign creates a computer-generated translucent aligner that fits directly over your teeth. This system is designed to gradually adjust your teeth and is appropriate for some adults and teens. Clear aligners can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning. You will need to visit your orthodontist every two weeks for a new aligner. Even after your treatment is completed, your orthodontist may recommend still using a clear aligned to maintain the results.