As mentioned above, the difference lies in the level of aesthetics and comfort. The simplest (and affordable) bracket systems are metal. Not very conscientious doctors continue to call them the most reliable, but this is not so: for reliability, the same sapphire braces are in no way inferior to metal ones. But first things first.
Metal braces are more noticeable than others. But if you are not embarrassed by the fact that others will be aware of your treatment, today there are many ways to decorate staples: rhinestones, multi-colored elastic bands of ligatures and much more.
Metal braces are most often recommended to adolescents, since they do not differ in diligence in daily hygiene. As for comfort, you have to get used to metal braces, they can injure the inner surface of the lips (in this case, the doctor will prescribe a special tool). You will need special V-shaped toothbrushes , as well as single-beam brushes or brushes to clean the braces themselves.
During the treatment period, some products will have to be excluded from the diet, and solid fruits and vegetables cannot be bitten off, it will need to be cut into slices.
Ceramic braces are more expensive and much more aesthetic than metal. They are less noticeable on the teeth, as they are made to match the color of your enamel, and their arc can be painted.
At first, you will also experience some discomfort, but when the period of habituation has passed, the only restriction in nutrition will cause inconvenience to you.
As for dental care with ceramic braces, it must be remembered that the plaque around them will be much more noticeable than when wearing a metal structure, so you will need more thorough daily hygiene and more frequent visits to professional cleaning sessions.
A special kind of ceramic braces is sapphire. They are completely transparent and many more, but there are no fundamental differences from ceramic.
It should be remembered that no matter what type of bracket systems you choose with your doctor, you will have to come to “braces” with a certain frequency – adjusting the pressure that moves the teeth in the right direction.
And another life hack – Teeth after orthodontic treatment will never return to their previous position in only one case: if after removing braces a retainer will be installed on the back of the teeth – a thin invisible wire that prevents the teeth from shifting to the previous position.
Doctors still argue about the retainer as teeth tightening braces: is it necessary to wear it for the rest of your life, or is it enough for a period that is twice the term for wearing braces. In any case, without a retainer, freshly moved teeth can by inertia return to their usual position, and all treatment will come to naught. By the way, the retainer on the teeth is not at all felt.
But lingual braces – orthodontic structures mounted on the back surface of the teeth – you will feel for the first time. Lingual systems are completely invisible on the teeth and are as effective as the vestibular ones (attached to the front surface of the teeth), but getting used to them can take a little longer, especially diction.
Is there an alternative to braces?
There is an alternative to braces, and these eliners are the most modern and comfortable way to align teeth. The main difference between aligners and braces is that they can be removed if necessary.
Eliners are absolutely transparent, completely invisible on the teeth mouth guards that you take off while eating. Therefore, no dietary restrictions are needed. If necessary, you can remove them before any important event, however, this is an unnecessary precaution: only an orthodontist working with this system can see the eliners in your mouth and only if you specifically look into your mouth.
Also, transparent mouth guards do not require any additional hygiene devices. You just remove them, brush your teeth with a regular brush and toothpaste, and wash the liners under a stream of water and, if necessary, brush with the same brush.