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If you have misaligned, gappy, or protruding teeth, it can really knock your confidence. Not only that, but they’ll leave you open to a range of dental concerns like tooth decay and gum disease as well as jaw problems and speech impediments.

Thankfully, crooked teeth are not something you need to live with. You can get braces to correct these malocclusions. While in the past it may have been predominantly teenagers that had braces to correct misaligned teeth, these days, four million people in the US have them, celebrities included.

But what are the different types of braces for teeth you can choose from?

This guide will talk you through the types of braces available and discuss the benefits of each option.

Traditional Braces

If you’ve listened to your dentist answer the question why should you get braces? — the first thing that springs to mind is the traditional brace. These consist of metal brackets with wires running through them and are attached to the fronts of your teeth. Small rubber bands hold the wire in place.

Your orthodontist will tighten the wire periodically, pulling your teeth into a new, more desirable position.

While these are often made of metal, you can also get porcelain and transparent brackets for a more subtle appearance. These are typically worn for around two years and are usually the most cost-effective orthodontic solution capable of achieving the best results.

Lingual Braces

Much like traditional braces, lingual braces use brackets and wire. This time, they’re placed on the inside of your teeth where they won’t stand out. They may cost more than normal braces, however, they’re less visually obvious.

Self-Ligating Braces

Much like traditional braces, these use brackets and wire. Unlike their traditional counterparts, self-ligating braces don’t need rubber bands to hold the wire in position. Instead, the brackets have an in-built mechanism that makes it easier for your orthodontist to adjust the wire.

One of the most popular self-ligating options is the Damon brace.

Clear Aligners

There are many different brands that provide clear aligners, however, Invisalign is probably the most well-known.

Clear aligners are medical-grade plastic trays that sit over your teeth. These are made specifically for your mouth, and during the course of your treatment, you’ll wear several sets.

Each set of aligners gently exerts a small amount of pressure on your teeth, helping them to find their way to their new position.

Clear aligners are usually more expensive than fixed braces, however, you can take them out to eat and they are unnoticeable in your mouth. It is usual to wear clear aligners for 9-18 months.

Which Types of Braces for Teeth Are Right for You?

Often, the types of braces for teeth that you should go for will depend on your lifestyle and financial position. Before committing to a choice, speak to your orthodontist and explore the pros and cons of each option in full with them.

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