Orthodontic treatments come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on your age, the severity of your teeth spacing or crowding and whether or not you need help with your bite will all factor into which type of orthodontic treatment will be the most effective and efficient in correcting your smile.
The most common types of orthodontic treatment in Idaho Falls include traditional braces, ceramic braces, Damon (self-ligating) braces, lingual braces, and invisible aligners. Let’s take a look at each type of treatment and what they have to offer as well as, what type of smiles they are and aren’t designed to correct.
Considered to be one of the most cost-effective forms of Idaho Fall orthodontic treatments available, traditional braces can be used to correct virtually any smile. For this reason, they are still one of the more commonly used orthodontic treatments. Comprised of light, high-grade stainless steel, the braces of today are much thinner and more comfortable than their predecessors. While they may be the most “visible” of all modern treatment options, they allow the wearer to personalize their smile with colorful bands that can showcase their style, compliment holidays, or even represent the colors of their school.
Similar to metal or traditional braces, ceramic braces can be used to treat most, if not all, oral issues in regards to the bite and placement of the teeth. However, the significant difference between ceramic braces and traditional braces is that ceramic braces are made of a ceramic composite material that is clear and seamlessly blends in with the teeth. Because of this, ceramic braces are considered to be more aesthetically pleasing to some when compared to metal brackets. One drawback of ceramic braces: the price. Ceramic braces do tend to be more expensive than their metal counterparts, but not by much. If you’re considering this type of Idaho Falls orthodontic treatment, call Randall Orthodontics today to see if you’re a good candidate for this therapy.
Damon (Self-Ligating) Braces
If you’re looking for braces that look similar to either traditional or ceramic braces (depending on which type of Damon braces you choose) but deliver faster results, you want Damon braces. Self-ligating or Damon braces more or less move teeth in the same way that traditional braces with brackets and wires. However, Damon braces use clips that hold the wire in place rather than the conventional rubber band tie system. According to Idaho Falls orthodontists, Damon braces are designed to be less painful and work faster than other types of orthodontic treatments currently available.
Lingual braces function the same as traditional braces in terms of moving teeth and adjusting bites. They are even created out of the same light-weight, stainless steel material as conventional braces. However, lingual braces are bonded to the back of the teeth instead of the front. If you oral bite issues need the durability of metal braces, but you want a more discreet Idaho Falls orthodontic treatment option, lingual braces are just the ticket. While lingual braces offer the highest discretion (seriously, most people won’t even know you have braces when talking to them), it comes with a price: not being able to see the brackets and wires makes it much more challenging to clean than regular “front-facing” braces.
Invisible or clear aligners are one of the more popular forms of orthodontic treatment in Idaho Falls because they are not as noticeable as regular braces, and they can be removed while eating as well as when brushing and flossing. Being able to remove braces while eating and brushing has the obvious advantage of keeping food from getting stuck along with, making it easier to clean the teeth; you don’t have to worry about cleaning between wires and brackets. Invisible aligners are usually more expensive than traditional or ceramic braces. They have also been known to take longer to correct smiles. In addition to the cost and length of time invisible aligners take to straighten smiles, they are also not for everyone. Before opting for this type of orthodontic treatment, schedule an appointment with an Idaho Falls orthodontist to see if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.
For more information or to schedule a consultation for braces, Contact Randall Orthodontics. We want to help you smile with confidence.