There are several different types of braces available today. Braces, also called orthodontics, can be used to straighten crooked teeth, close large gaps between teeth or correct a misaligned bite, in which the top and bottom row of teeth do not line up properly. If you need braces to correct any of these dental concerns, you don’t necessarily need to visit an orthodontist. At Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, TX Dr. Emanuel Dehelean can help you select the right type of braces for your needs.
Types of Braces
Braces are a common orthodontic method for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. The different types of braces include traditional metal braces, clear aligners, such as Invisalign, lingual braces and clear ceramic braces. Based on your specific dental needs, your San Antonio dentist can advise you on which type of braces might work best for you.
Metal braces, clear braces and lingual braces are all similar to one another. These different types of braces each use brackets and wires to move the teeth. For both metal braces and clear braces, the brackets and wires are placed on the front of the teeth. The main difference between the two is that the brackets for clear braces are made from white ceramic that blends in with the teeth, making them less noticeable than the silver brackets of metal braces. For lingual braces, the brackets and wires are even less noticeable as they are placed on the backs of the teeth.
A fourth type of braces utilizes clear aligners to straighten the teeth and close up gaps. A name brand of clear aligners that many people are familiar with is Invisalign, but there are other brands that work the same way. Clear aligners utilize trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are made from soft plastic and are custom fit to each patient’s teeth. A major advantage of clear aligners is that they are removable, which makes brushing easier and prevents food from getting trapped in the aligners when eating.
There are many different types of braces to suit everyone’s needs. To learn more about which type of braces might be right for you, speak with Dr. Dehelean, your San Antonio, TX dentist. To schedule an appointment, contact Silver Oaks Dentistry by calling (210) 656-4699.