Health Corner: Choosing The Right Braces with Your Orthodontist

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right bracesThere are people out there who find crooked tooth absolutely adorable! Some might even say that it adds ‘character’ to your face. But for the most part, it makes people self-conscious. It may also make chewing your food seem like a real chore. Here’s the good news, you don’t need to put up with it forever with the right braces. Get in touch with your Calgary dentist today, and it’s okay, fixing your smile is not as scary as it sounds.

When it comes to your braces, you will initially be spoilt for choices. Your orthodontist will guide you through, no doubt, but it helps to do your research. Here’s our beginner’s guide to choosing braces for adults.

Choosing The Right Braces

Metal Braces

Chances are these are the first kind of braces that you will encounter. They are more traditional in a lot of ways and by far the least expensive. If pocket-friendly is one of your parameters, then these are the braces you are looking for. While they do not have the advantage of being ‘invisible’, they are quite visible truth be told, they have certainly come a long way from the more primitive versions. With time and technology, metal braces have evolved to make teeth move faster in place with much less pain.

Ceramic Braces

They are the next best alternative to metal braces. While these braces are on the expensive side, they are totally worth it. The ceramic material of which these braces are made are the same colour as that of your teeth. Sometimes, orthodontists are known to take it to the next level by using wires (to hold the braces) that closely match their patient’s teeth colour, thereby rendering an ‘invisible’ quality to these braces. However, having said that, the level of discomfort in case of metal and ceramic braces remain the same.

Self-Ligating Braces

These braces comprise of a more ‘smart’ approach to teeth alignment. They are available in both metal and ceramic variations and are designed in a way that holds back less food. These braces make use of clips to hold the wire in place instead of the rubber band tie approach. Self-ligating braces are supposed to make the whole process a lot more comfortable than the traditional options and also cut down the treatment time to an extent. This may mean lesser number of visits to your orthodontist. Isn’t that something worth looking forward to?

Lingual Braces

These set of braces come with their own pros and cons. Lingual braces are worn on the inside of the mouth and are difficult to spot from outside. While it certainly gives it an edge, at the same time it can make it difficult to clean. In some cases, it may get a little difficult to talk. Clearly, your Calgary orthodontist is the best person to guide you with this one.

Now that you have made yourself acquainted with the different kinds of braces, it is about time to consult your orthodontist and get the best one for you. Let the journey to a splendid smile begin!

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