When it comes to orthodontics, there are so many options to choose from, you may be wondering where to begin. Our dentist, Dr. Bertha Dieguez, offers a review of the four main types of orthodontic treatment to help you make your choice.
Traditional Metal Braces
Most people, when they think of orthodontics, visualize traditional metal braces because they are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. The metal brackets used are attached to the outer surfaces of the front teeth and linked with metal wires. IMprovements in dentistry have made these braces smaller and more discreet,. The archwires are now activated by body heat to make the process faster and more comfortable.
Similar to traditional braces in every way except the materials used, ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored thanks to their use of ceramic material. You can also use tooth-colored wires to make your braces nearly indistinguishable from your smile.
Lingual braces use the same concept as traditional and ceramic braces, but they are undetectable because they attach to the back of your teeth.
Clear aligners are plastic mouth guard-type aligners that fit over your teeth and can be easily removed. Over the course of treatment, you will go through 18-30 aligners, replacing your aligners with a fresh pair every two weeks.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each of these choices, which means you may be better suited for one than another. If you are considering orthodontic treatment in Birmingham, Alabama, contact Dieguez Smiles at 205-980-4744 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bertha Dieguez and discuss your options.