Orthodontists and Types of Braces

Orthodontists can be deemed miracle workers. Some people are born with quite a few problems with their teeth that affect their smile. Orthodontists seek to fix all types of teeth and jaw alignment issues. Braces, which are usually brackets that run along a wire and apply pressure to your teeth, are the tools used by orthodontists to fix teeth and jaw alignment issues.  The pressure that the braces apply forces teeth to move slightly until they are properly aligned. Approximately four million people in the United States wear braces. Orthodontists monitor the alignment process through occasional tightening of the braces and the use of small rubber bands to pull and move teeth. There are four most commonly used types of braces: metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign.


Metal Braces

Metal braces have been used in orthodontic treatments for decades. They are the least expensive of the braces options and are made from top quality stainless steel. The brackets are attached to the teeth using a special type of cement and are linked using a thin wire. Small elastics, also known as ligatures or o-rings, are used to hold the brackets together. They come in a variety of colors and are changed by the orthodontist each time you have an appointment.


Ceramic Braces

If you want more natural looking braces, ceramic braces may be right for you. The have the same structure as metal braces, but use clear ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets. Getting this naturally blended look does, however, come at a price. Customers who use these braces do complain about discoloration after a while.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces have the same structure as metal braces, but they are worn on the interior of the teeth. They are, therefore, less visible from the outside. Choosing this option, however, does result in a longer time to see results and makes teeth cleaning difficult. It is almost more expensive than traditional braces.



Invisalign is made of clear plastic aligners that look a lot like mouth guards. They are custom made to fit your teeth and can easily be removed for cleaning. It is one of the most expensive braces options and has a longer treatment time.


Speak to your dentist today to determine whether or not you need an orthodontist. Getting the right orthodontic treatment can give you a beautiful smile.