For generations children and adults have been getting braces. In the past, the only option available to those in need were traditional metal. While this classic style still exists, there are now several new alternative styles available. This is exciting for those individuals who are looking to try something different and get the same results.
This option is needed if the patient’s dentist finds that the teeth are crooked, coming in incorrectly, or are overlapping. The traditional version includes cementing metal brackets to the individual teeth, then threading a metal wire connecting all of the teeth on each row. Some patients also need a turn-style type key that had to be turned to expand the upper palette. There may also be the need for small rubber bands around the brackets for some patients. While the traditional product is still available, many patients throughout the years have expressed a desire for alternative products which accomplish the same goal.
Currently, time and technology have spurred numerous alternative options to the traditional metal format. One new option available is a product that is considered invisible. Rather than brackets and wires, this product is made from a heavy gauge plastic which is tailored to each individual.
A mold is taken of the upper and lower teeth, then this new product is created from the mold. Every two weeks or so, a new cast is made and the new product is inserted. Over time, the rigidity of the plastic slowly forces the teeth into their new position.
This invisible plastic format works great for both children and adults. When the patient has the products in, they can speak, eat, sing, and most other things that can be done with an ordinary unaltered mouth. While a great design, this product is fairly expensive compared to the older classic metal version. However, most dental insurance companies pay an amount towards this alternative and many dentists provide payment plans.
Another option that is available in place of the traditional metal are ceramic alternatives. Instead of metal brackets, clear or tooth colored ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth. They work in the same manner as the traditional version, however they are clear or enamel colored so they are less obvious. Like their metal cousins, there are foods that should be avoided to prevent any of the brackets coming loose. This alternative is popular for people who prefer a more natural color to metal.
For those patients who require more extensive work, there is still another option available. Patients that require the strength of the metal can now get them with individual clips. In essence, the bracket is still cemented to the tooth, but the metal wire and rubber bands are not necessary. For patients who are looking for a more natural appearance, this product is equally as effective as the standard metal.
With the number of patients who are informed of their need for braces every year, it can be exciting to know there are different types to choose from. When discussing the plan with the dentist, inquire about the different options to see which type will work best. If dental insurance is involved, call the customer care number to determine benefits and limitations. Then, sit back and prepare to get a gorgeous new smile.