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Ceramic braces, metal braces and lingual braces. Wich one is the right for me?

Although braces are often applied during childhood, braces aren't just for kids. Braces are actually for anyone interested in teeth straightening. Adult orthodontic treatment is becoming a very popular form of cosmetic dentistry, as many people prefer "invisible" options like ceramic braces to preserve their natural teeh rather than have veneers,crownsordental implants to improve their smile.

Understanding the process of getting braces and​ orthodontics does not need to be difficult. Here, you will find everything you need to know about braces and orthodontics, from why you may need braces to the different types of braces.

The first step in the process of getting braces is finding out if you truly need braces.

Understanding why your child, loved one, or even yourself might need braces can be complex and varies with each patient. You can take some time to learn about who are the best candidates for braces as well as the potential benefits of braces, which go beyond just having straight teeth.

Metal braces - Traditional braces

These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, traditional braces have progressed since the early days and are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal mouth” braces than many adults remember. Now lighter in weight and structure than they used to be. They are made from a thin high-grade stainless steel and have metal brackets that are attached to each tooth using a type of cement to put pressure on the teeth and move them slowly into the correct position. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth straightening more quickly and less painfully than in the past. 

Pros and cons of traditional braces

1. Colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves.

2. The most inexpensive type of braces for adults are the traditional, stainless steel versions.

1. The drawback of wearing these is how visible they are. 

2. Once you have them on, you have to watch what you eat, avoiding things that can stick to the braces, such as caramel or gum. You also have to avoid eating hard foods, which can move or dislodge the braces.

Young black woman smiling with ceramic braces

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are one of the many popular new choices when it comes to this. They are just like traditional braces, but with one catch, they are behind your teeth instead of in front. This means that they are completely invisible to the outside world, unlike traditional braces which are very visible. Many people believe that lingual braces will be the new norm for anyone looking to straighten, or correct, their teeth. Let’s look closer at all of the benefits and drawbacks you experience from lingual braces.

Lingual braces are also sometimes worn by models, actors, and people who work in broadcasting so that their braces are hidden although they are in the public eye. One major difference between lingual braces and regular braces that fit on the front of the teeth is the brackets.

Lingual braces close up of mouth

 Pros and cons of lingual braces

1. Least Visible - The biggest pro of lingual braces is the fact that they are virtually invisible. This allows you to experience the effect of braces without having to let everyone know. This makes them a great option for adults.

 2. Wide Variety Of Designs - Multiple different bracket systems that have been developed for lingual braces. This allows them to custom fit your braces to your specific case, further increasing the effectiveness.

3. Fully Customized - Everything, down to the wires used in your lingual braces, are completely custom made for your mouth. This ensures the absolute best results at the fastest rate possible.

4. Always Working - With other invisible braces, like Invisalign, the braces can be taken on an off. While they are on, they are working, while they are off, they are not. With lingual braces, they are attached to the teeth, which means they are always working.

There are some drawbacks to wearing lingual braces instead of traditional braces. As the brackets are affixed to the back of the teeth, with wire strung between them, the braces on the lower teeth are in regular contact with the tongue. This can cause discomfort in addition to the normal discomfort that is a part of wearing braces.

Ceramic braces 

Ceramic braces cost more than stainless steel versions, but they're made to blend in with the teeth so they aren't as visible. You can choose between clear elastic ties or tooth-colored material that helps them blend with the teeth for an “invisible” look. 

These work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material. The braces are less visible to others, which makes them a popular choice for adult braces who need orthodontic treatment. 

Ceramic braces are the ideal alternative to metal braces in terms of aesthetics. But are they the best option from a medical standpoint as well? Do they work as well as metal braces? The short answer is yes, this orthodontic retainer works even better than due to the materials used, which are more advanced and are less restrictive when it comes to diet in comparison to the traditional braces 

young white woman showing her new ceramic braces

Pros and cons of ceramic braces.

1. Invisible look

2. A popular choice for adult braces

3. Less restrictive diet

1. They can cost more than other types of braces. 

2. On the downside, ceramic braces can stain easily if they are not well taken care of.

Alternative Braces Options 

Ceramic braces aren’t the only option your teen has when it comes to invisible braces. Other options such as Invisalign, work like traditional braces to shift teeth into the correct position,