Different Types of Braces - Premier Orthodontics

If you’re researching orthodontic treatment for yourself, your child, or a loved one, you’re in the right place. Though I can’t tell you everything about your unique needs in a blog, I can introduce you to some of the different types of braces and orthodontic treatments available so you’re armed with information when you make your first appointment. Your knowledge will also help you to ask better questions, so read on to find out about the basics of orthodontic treatment.

If you have never had braces yourself or aren’t familiar with orthodontic treatment, the first place to begin is to familiarize yourself with some of the things you should take into consideration.

What Aspect Of Orthodontic Treatment Is Most Important To You?

Every mouth is unique, so treatment options will vary based on your specific needs. Your orthodontist should always answer all of your questions during your first appointment. Though we believe in a consultative approach – that is, partnering with our patients to make the best possible decisions – if you choose an orthodontist who doesn’t take that approach, it’s best to know what your priorities are.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How important is comfort? This could be a factor if you have sensitive teeth or gums.
  • Should the braces be easy to care for? This could be a factor if the braces are for a younger child.
  • Are you interested in invisible braces? There are several options to consider if this is important to you.
  • Does your budget play an important role? Not to worry; we offer flexible payment options even if you don’t have insurance.

Not all braces are created equal, so I’d like to give you a general crash course on some of the treatment options available, while also weighing the pros and cons of each type of braces. Please note that if you’re in Arizona and would like to schedule an appointment with Premier Orthodontics, our options are a bit different and more technologically advanced than the generalized options you read about here.

Weighing Your Options

Metal or traditional braces are the kind you see most often. This type of braces doesn’t have a limit as far as treatment goes.

The Good: They’re affordable and typically easy to take care of as long as the patient follows food guidelines.
The Bad: If subtlety is important to you, these may not be the right fit as they are visible to everyone.

Ceramic braces (sometimes called clear or sapphire braces) are a great alternative to metal braces if you’re looking for more comfort and less visibility.

The Good: Very comparable to metal braces but far less obvious.
The Bad: Not quite as durable, but still extremely sturdy.

Lingual braces involve brackets being attached to the back of the teeth.

The Good: They seem invisible because they aren’t obvious when you smile.
The Bad: They tend to cost more and aren’t easy to take care of. Appointments may also be more challenging.

Invisalign® is an option involving plastic trays that gradually straighten your teeth – invisibly.

The Good: No food restrictions and no one can tell you have braces.
The Bad: Some people have lost their trays on accident and they aren’t appropriate for young children.

Now What?

Our mission is to create spectacular smiles for you and your loved ones. Though there is a lot of information about braces that I encourage you to research, you can find a great deal of it here, whether you choose Premier Orthodontics or not!

Here are a few ways you can learn more if you’re in Arizona.

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