Orthodontic braces come in four types: traditional metal, ceramic, invisible, and lingual. Traditional metal and ceramic braces are attached to your teeth with brackets, which are connected with archwires that apply pressure to your teeth to move them into the right position. There are still differences, however, between these and the other types of braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
technology. The brackets and archwires consist of high-grade stainless steel. The rubber or elastic bands that come with traditional metal braces are available in several colors so that you can be creative and coordinate with the seasons or your school colors.
- Advantages — The colored bands give children a way to express themselves, and they are the cheapest type of braces.
- Disadvantages — They are the most noticeable type of braces.
Ceramic braces offer a more pleasing appearance than traditional metal braces. The brackets for ceramic braces are made of clear materials so that others cannot see them on your teeth so easily. These braces require larger brackets and are considered more fragile than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are typically used for adults because of this, and they are only attached to the upper front teeth.
- Advantages — They move teeth into place much faster than invisible braces, and they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
- Disadvantages — The brackets stain easily if you abandon proper care, and they cost more than metal braces.
Invisible Braces (Invisalign®)
Invisalign® or invisible braces are an ideal treatment for both adults and teens. If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, they offer effective corrections without others noticing them. This is an ideal option if you are worried about how you will look with metal braces because they are not noticeable. Invisalign® is not attached to your teeth like traditional metal and ceramic braces. Instead, we will have a set of clear aligners made specifically for your teeth. There are no other aligners with the same level of comfort and convenience and you can remove them in certain situations.
- Advantages — Clearest, most comfortable, least number of office visits, easiest to clean and no food restrictions
- Disadvantages — Requires compliance
Lingual Braces (Incognito™ or Hidden Braces)
If you want hidden orthodontic braces, then lingual braces are a great option for you. At Ricci Orthodontics, we offer Incognito™ braces, which do not interfere with your speech as much as others braces, nor cause a lot of discomfort. We have them customized for your teeth according to the treatment plan that Dr. Steven Ricci makes for you. Our orthodontist will then attach them to the back or lingual side of your teeth. After they are fixed into place, you do not have to worry about removing them so that you can eat or drink. This means that you also do not have to worry about losing or damaging them. Since lingual braces do not stick out from your teeth very far, they will not irritate your tongue after you become used to them.
Incognito braces are available for children, teens, and adults. Since they reduce the chances of injury and interference during certain activities, they are very convenient for children and teenagers who play sports or wind instruments. These types of braces provide great results because they are similar in effectiveness to traditional metal braces but offer the invisibility of Invisalign®.
- Advantages — Others cannot see Incognito braces from the outside.
- Disadvantages — They can be more uncomfortable initially, are harder to clean, take longer to adjust during office visits, are more expensive, and do not work for serious dental issues.
To learn more about the types of braces in Johns Creek, Georgia, that are offered at Ricci Orthodontics, give our team a call at 678-417-9848. You can schedule a time to meet with Dr. Steven Ricci and learn which of these orthodontic treatments are right for you.