From traditional metallic braces to Invisalign, many orthodontic treatments can straighten your teeth and correct any bite and alignment problems. Understandably, many people—especially adults—prefer more discreet alternatives to traditional braces.
However, traditional braces may address your orthodontic issues better than other options. At Manhasset Dental Arts, our dentists offer family dentistry services for patients of all ages at our office in Manhasset, New York. Here’s a look at the types of braces you can get, including the benefits of traditional ones.
Traditional braces consist of brackets placed on the teeth that are connected with wires. You can choose metallic or ceramic braces. Ceramic braces (also known as aesthetic braces) are clear and less noticeable than metallic braces.
Lingual braces are another option. They are placed behind the teeth so they’re not visible when you smile or talk to your friends and co-workers.
While most people get orthodontic treatment in childhood or as teenagers, adults get braces too. Traditional braces are the best choice for younger people (between ages 8 to 14). Teenagers and adults may choose clear aligners, but they may not be as effective as traditional braces in treating all orthodontic problems.
Our dentists recommend traditional braces for several common orthodontic problems including:
Braces can also make cosmetic improvements to crooked, asymmetrical teeth. Every case is different, so the best orthodontic option for you or your child will depend on the type of bite problem and oral health profile. Following a comprehensive dental exam, our dentists will recommend the best type of braces for your circumstances.
Traditional braces still have a number of advantages over other orthodontic options. First, they treat certain types of malocclusions (bite and alignment problems) more effectively. And once they’re in, they do all of the work. Aligners like Invisalign, by contrast, require a lot of commitment and effort on your part. Finally, traditional braces are usually more affordable than other orthodontic treatments.
Keep in mind that some orthodontic issues, like crowding or teeth that significantly overlap, can make it difficult to brush and floss adequately. This increases your risk of developing other oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
So, even if you don’t have any symptoms or think you need braces, ignoring orthodontic treatment could put your oral health at risk and lead to the need for more invasive and expensive dental work in the future.
For more information about braces and other orthodontic options, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Manhasset, New York.