If you’re considering getting braces, then it’s good to research different options and talk to your orthodontist about which treatment will work best for you. In addition to the popular and affordable metal braces, there are also clear braces in Melbourne and Invisalign to consider. Here’s some insight into the different types of braces and how they work.
Traditional Metal Braces
Although these are the traditional type of metal braces, they continue to evolve and become more effective and easy to live with over the years. Made from high-grade stainless steel, these metal braces can be made to attach to the front of your teeth or the back (lingual braces). Lingual braces are a popular choice for teenagers and adults who want to minimise the effect of braces on their overall appearance, and are a great choice for professionals.
These braces are usually recommended to correct moderate to severe tooth alignment issues, and treatment can take a year or more, with follow-up treatment using a retainer.
Clear Braces in Melbourne
Clear braces in Melbourne offer an alternative to lingual braces, as they are less visually intrusive than traditional metal braces and are more comfortable for talking and eating. They are made from a translucent ceramic material that looks very discreet. They aren’t quite as strong as metal braces however, so you have to be very diligent and responsible about avoiding foods and drinks that can damage or discolour the ceramic. The extra attention and care these braces need make them a good choice for responsible teenagers and adults with moderate to severe tooth alignment issues.
Invisalign aren’t braces at all, but they’re a good alternative to consider. They are clear plastic aligners that are custom made for each patient to fit over your teeth like a tray. You wear several sets during treatment which gently and gradually push your teeth into their correct position. You can take them out for eating and they need regular cleaning through your treatment.
They’re a great choice for responsible teens and adults, as you have to be diligent about wearing the Invisalign trays 22 hours a day and keeping up with appointments. Treatment is often shorter than getting braces, but is only effective on mild to moderate tooth alignment issues.
Invisalign, Metal Braces and Clear Braces in Melbourne
If you’d like some professional input into what tooth alignment solution would work best for you, come in and chat with your local orthodontic team for a full assessment. We specialise in Invisalign, metal braces, lingual braces and clear braces in Melbourne, so you’ll get an expert, objective assessment on what will give you the best results. Contact us today.