Know Your Braces: The Best Type of Dental Braces for Different Kinds of Customers

Close up on a woman who has bracesThinking of getting braces to improve your smile? Find out which customer type you are to know the kind that is suitable for you.

Customer type: You are a little adventurous yet a bit conscious about visible brackets. Your doctor also advises you that you should still get braces with archwires.

Solution: Lingual braces

Lingual braces are the reverse of metal braces because they are placed at the back of the teeth. While they may seem intimidating to most people, they are actually quite comfortable to wear. Though not as frequently advertised as the other types, lingual braces are available in London at the London Holborn Dental Practice.

Customer type: You want braces that will work on severe cases and don’t care about brackets being visible

Solution: Metal braces

Metal braces consist of metal brackets that connected by an archwire. Some metal braces nowadays are also heat-activated, which allows it to move teeth faster. Nowadays, metal brackets can also come in smaller sizes so you don’t have to worry about the brackets scraping against your lips.

Customer type: You don’t mind wearing metal braces, but you also don’t have time for frequent dental appointments.

Solution: Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are like metal braces in that both are made of metal. They are characterised by their “locking mechanism” which means they tighten and adjust on their own. Self-ligating braces do not need elastic bands for archwire because the brackets themselves hold and control the archwire.

Customer type: Visible braces are an issue for you, and you don’t mind paying extra. However, Invisalign is way beyond your budget, and your dentist advises you that your treatment requires wired braces.

Solution: Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces; the only difference is that ceramics are clear and transparent. Coffee-drinkers beware, however: the brackets are prone to stains, so lessen your coffee intake as much as possible. You’ll also need to be more thorough with your dental hygiene to avoid discolouring the brackets.

Customer type: You have a non-complex malocclusion and don’t want others to notice that you’re wearing braces at all. You also want braces that feel as if you’re not wearing one. Cost is not a problem for you.

Solution: Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular choice for those who have minor dental problems. Invisalign is a clear aligner made from a high-quality plastic called SmartTrack. Though Invisalign is removable, users are encouraged to wear them for up to 22 hours daily.

With all the options currently available, it is easier more than ever to achieve that winning smile. Consult with a dentist to find the one that not only suits your budget but your lifestyle as well.