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Different Types of Braces and When You Need Them

Dealing with issues like dental crowding and underbite? Braces can give you that picture-perfect teeth you've always wanted. 

But gone are the days when you're stuck with only one option. With many types of braces available today, one may be better for your needs than the other. We'll cover the popular types in this article and let you know when they are right for you. 

And if you didn't know, you no longer have to search online for "the best ortodoncistas near me". Just book an appointment today to speak directly with one!

What is the right age to brace up your teeth?

So, you still think you are too old for braces? Well, it's never too late to get orthodontic treatment. 

The best age for getting braces is between 9 and 14, as the jaws and facial bones are still flexible and more responsive to treatment. However, braces for adults are just as effective, and the treatment journey may be shorter than expected if your teeth react fast to treatment. 

Now, braces types and when you need them. 

Types of braces and when you need them

Metal braces - the legend

When you think of braces, metal braces will probably come to mind first. They've been around the longest, but that doesn't make them less effective or dependable. 

In fact, they are more effective in treating severe dental issues as they offer better control, enabling the ortodoncistas to make periodic adjustments to guide your teeth into place.

The major downside to metal braces is that they are very noticeable, announcing their presence with even a slight opening of the mouth. Fortunately, the social stigma surrounding them is long gone. And you even get to choose your preferred color options for the bands. 

When you need metal braces

  • You have severe overcrowding or other complex issues. 

  • You want a more affordable option.

  • You don't mind the visible wires and brackets. 

Ceramic braces - metal braces without the attention

Ceramic braces are as effective as metal braces but can blend in with your teeth, making them less noticeable. The brackets and wires can be clear, and some options even mimic the color of your teeth.

Some orthodontic patients also find ceramic braces less painful than their metal counterparts. While they are not more effective than metal braces, you will have to pay more for ceramic braces thanks to the higher-quality material and better aesthetics. 

When you need ceramic braces

  • You want something that offers the effectiveness of metal braces without the attention they get.

  • You want braces that blend in with your natural tooth color. 

  • You don't mind paying extra. 

Invisalign - stealth mode 

Invisalign is a more innovative option, as it takes a departure from using brackets and wires to treat orthodontic issues. Instead, it uses clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. These aligners gently shift your teeth into the correct position over time without metal brackets or wires.

A lot of people who opt for Invisalign choose it because they are virtually invisible. Plus, you can remove it to eat and clean your teeth. While they may not be as effective as traditional braces in treating severe dental issues, Invisalign has helped patients fix problems such as crowded teeth, open bite, crossbite, overbite, and gaps between teeth.

When you need Invisalign 

  • You have mild to moderate issues, such as slight overcrowding.

  • You want an almost invisible option that won't affect your appearance or interfere with your lifestyle.

  • You want the convenience that comes with eating and cleaning without braces. 

Get the perfect and confident smile you've always wanted

At Belle Mead Orthodontics, we are all about getting you the perfect smile you've always wanted - without the pain, discomfort, inconvenience, and attention. 

Whether you are 7, 17, or 37, you are welcome at any of our clinics, where we'll recommend the most effective method to get the confident smile you've always wanted. You don't have to search online for the best "ortodoncistas near me" anymore. Just book an appointment to get started. 


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