Different Types of Braces
4 Main Types
Braces are becoming more and more common in Singapore, not just for adolescents and teens, but for adults as well. While there are numerous types of dental braces to choose from, these can be typically be categorized into four main types.
Type 1: Metal / Traditional Braces
These are the most common form of braces available. Metal braces are typically made of high-grade stainless steel.
Metal brackets are glued to the front of the teeth and are connected with a metallic wire that applies pressure on the teeth.
Pressure can either be applied from side to side or upside down, depending on the type of alignment problem. With constant pressure, the teeth will be aligned into the desired position.
Type 2: Lingual Braces
Similar to the metal/traditional braces, lingual braces are made out of the same material. The only difference is that the metal brackets and wires are installed on the inside of your teeth, and this hides the braces from sight aesthetically.
During the initial dental consultation, an impression of the teeth will be taken. The impression will be analysed and subsequently used to create the customized brackets and wires which would then be installed on the back surfaces of your teeth.
Type 3: Ceramic Braces
Ceramic Braces are the transparent or clear version of metallic braces.
As the name suggests, they are made from composite materials which allows them to blend in with the natural teeth colour, making them difficult to be seen. You can even choose completely translucent ceramic braces.
They work exactly like metallic braces but, the wire that is tied over the teeth is either clear elastic or white metal.
Type 4: Invisible Braces
Invisible braces are completely transparent and custom made plastic aligners that are to be worn for most part of the day, but can be removed while eating or brushing.
These are usually recommended for people, who have only minor alignment problems.
The custom made aligners apply pressure on the teeth, much like the elastic wires used in the other type of braces. The caveat is that it does bind as strongly and it needs to be replaced every two weeks.
Pros & Cons of the Different Types of Braces
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