AAO Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, TX

Different Types of Braces

Whether you are an adult, a teenager, or a child, if braces are in your future, you are in luck. Today, several different types of braces exist, so you have options! Gone are the days of monster metal braces filling up your mouth to the brim. Now, metal braces are smaller and more effective than ever, but they are still the most obvious type. If discretion is your aim, then there are other options that blend with your teeth and are not as easy to see.

Ceramic braces are made from clear or tooth-colored composite materials for the brackets and, in some cases, also the wires. They look and function like metal braces and are just as effective, but they are much more discreet. They are almost invisible from a distance and often don’t show up in photographs. Both metal and ceramic braces require dietary restrictions to avoid breakage. For example, our orthodontist in Dallas may ask you to avoid eating certain foods in order to minimize the possibility of breaking a wire or bracket. If you do break your braces, you need to tell us immediately so it can be repaired and not extend your treatment time.

Lingual braces are applied to the back of your teeth, so they are completely hidden. These Lingual braces may take longer to get used to because your tongue will always be brushing against the brackets. However, you will have a totally discreet form of orthodontic treatment with lingual braces.

Clear plastic aligners in the form of Invisalign® are another option available at our office in Dallas. The whole orthodontic treatment is created in advance and special plastic aligners are made to be changed every two weeks. They gradually push your teeth into the correct position. Since they are clear, they are almost invisible, even when you stand close to people. They are a good option for teens and adults who need braces. There are no dietary restrictions with plastic aligners because they are removed when you eat, brush, and floss.

Traditional metal braces are still the most popular option when it comes to the different types of braces, but with the development of new materials for the construction of braces, you have a choice and the possibility to straighten your teeth or correct jaw problems in a very discreet and almost invisible way, if you desire. When you have a consultation with our specialist at Ragan Orthodontics, you can learn more about your options and choose the right treatment for your dental issues. We have three conveniently located offices in Dallas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about the different types of braces!