What are braces for teeth?

Braces for teeth can help to improve the overall appearance of your teeth. There are literally thousands of people each year from around the world who need braces for teeth. They can come in different forms and the ones that you need depends on the shape of your teeth. Your dentist will use x-rays to evaluate your teeth to determine which kind you need.

The most common type of braces for teeth is metal. This is when metal brackets are attached to the front of each tooth and then a wire is looped through each of the brackets. Recently clear braces for teeth were designed for those individuals who were self-conscious about how that looked and wanted their braces to be less noticeable. While the clear braces for teeth are similar to the metal ones the brackets are made of plastic or ceramic instead of the typical metal. This allows them to be less noticeable especially from a distance.

Lingual braces for teeth are often attached to the back of the teeth which allows them to be hidden completely. While this may be an advantage for those individuals who don’t even want to wear braces for teeth it also has disadvantages which makes it very undesirable. The teeth for braces that require metal bands to be wrapped around each tooth is also common but again highly unwanted by most dental patients.

The most popular and most recently created types of braces for teeth are those that are invisible. They are labeled as braces for teeth but in reality they are known as an aligner that is made out of plastic. These plastic mouth guards help to shift the teeth into the correct position over a longer period of time. Normally your dentist will give you a new aligner every 2-3 weeks until you no longer have to wear them. Each one of these braces for teeth helps to move you one step closer to having your teeth permanently fixed.

When deciding what type of braces for teeth to purchase for yourself or your child will depend on several things such as your budget and how much time you have to put towards the daily care of these braces for teeth. The final decision should also depend on what is wrong with your teeth and how long it will take them to be corrected and which type of braces for teeth will do the best job. Normally your dentist can recommend which one will do the best job and approximately how much it will cost you.

Unfortunately most braces for teeth are not covered by insurance so you will be paying for the majority of the costs out of pocket so if you are on budget invisible braces for teeth may be out of the question since they are the most expensive and have to be replaced every 2 -– 3 weeks. Before deciding which one to go with discuss all of your options with your dentist and ask any questions that you may have to help make an informed decision on which braces for teeth is right for you and your budget.

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