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Several Types of Braces

There are several options for braces, which differ not only in appearance, but also in material, treatment time, cost and location on the teeth or mouth.

Traditional metal brackets: Traditional braces are the standard metal type that most people think of when they hear the term braces. Recent innovations in this style include mixing the metal with nickel-titanium instead of just stainless steel. With the help of an orthodontist, you can also get the clear ceramic braces in Parkersburg and Ripley WV.

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The problem with traditional braces is that they can stain teeth and are also very visible. If you are allergic to nickel, you can get gold plated brackets (as with patches). Traditional braces are made of stainless steel and are attached to each tooth through a process called bonding, in which the braces are glued to the front of the teeth. They are the cheapest type of braces.

Ceramic braces: Ceramic brackets are placed in the same way as traditional brackets, with the brackets being glued individually to each tooth. The difference lies in the type of material and how it looks later. Many are see-through, and ceramic braces are sometimes referred to as clear braces. You can still see the metal line running along the front of the top and bottom row of teeth where the ceramic pieces connect to the teeth. Unfortunately, the trade-off for looks is that ceramic braces aren't that strong. They are fragile and can break.

Lingual braces: Lingual brackets are placed behind the teeth and are not visible from the front. As the name suggests (language means tongue), lingual braces can be awkward because they restrict tongue movement. Many users initially suffer from language problems before they get used to the language restrictions. They are generally more expensive and more difficult to maintain.

Remove brackets: Clear braces are clear plastic straighteners that usually come in progressive bands that change over time. These types of braces are removable for eating and brushing teeth.