The most popular and affordable of all braces, metal braces are made out of top quality stainless steel, nickel (or gold plating for those with nickel allergies) and other metals for strength. Metal braces may be necessary when treating extreme overcrowding and more difficult or complex conditions.
The benefits of metal braces
Today’s metal braces are more visually appealing than in past years, with decorative brackets and color options for the elastics. Other benefits include:
- Stronger and less likely to break than other braces
- Teeth move into position more quickly
- Braces may not need to be worn as long as aligners
- Bonded to the teeth so can’t be removed and lost like aligners
- Fun-shaped brackets and colored elastics to personalize braces
The downsides of metal braces
The biggest downside for many people is simply having metal braces. Less noticeable orthodontics like Invisalign may seem like a better choice for people who are especially sensitive about their appearance. Other downsides include:
- Teeth are harder to clean
- Certain foods that stick to teeth or might break wires must be avoided
- Some sports and physical activities put brace wearers at increased risk of injury to mouth
If your Scottsdale orthodontist recommends traditional braces and you really don’t want the look of all that metal in your mouth, ask her about using ceramic braces. Like metal braces, ceramic braces may be necessary for treating more difficult or complex conditions.
The benefits of ceramic braces
You have to be extra careful with them because ceramic breaks more easily, but it may be worth the effort to look better while you’re wearing braces. Not only are ceramic braces visually more appealing than metal, there are several other benefits:
- Brackets are clear or made to blend with natural color of tooth enamel
- Less expensive than aligners
The downsides of ceramic braces
Ceramic is far more brittle and more likely to break than metal, so you must be very careful with them. Other downsides include:
- Brackets made thicker to reduce risk of breaking
- Cost more than metal
- May require more maintenance visits than metal
If your Scottsdale orthodontist recommends traditional braces, and you really don’t want the look of all that metal in your mouth, ask her about using ceramic braces. Even Tom Cruise wore them!
If you have to wear metal braces, you might as well have some fun with them, right? So ask us about WildSmiles, “the only braces that turn correction into expression.” You can go online and design your braces yourself. Check out the variety of bracket shapes: choose all one shape or mix them up. Just click and drag the brackets to each tooth until you have your perfect braces. You can even add bands in your favorite colors for a smile that is uniquely you!
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Call our Scottsdale orthodontist office at (480) 865-2848 to schedule a consultation…and discover your smile potential!