In the United States, about 4 million people between the ages of 14 and 69 wear some type of orthodontic appliance. Whether you’re new to the idea of wearing braces or you’re just curious about the different types of braces, seeing the possibilities can be exciting and a little intimidating.
Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a full explainer of everything you should know about all the different types of orthodontic brackets and which might be right for you.
Most metal bracket braces are made from a mix of nickel, stainless steel, and other metals. People like stainless steel because it is strong, doesn’t rust, and doesn’t react badly with our bodies.
They can be used for a wide range of orthodontic treatments, from easy to complicated cases. They can be used by the people of any age. Metal brackets are very strong and can handle the pressure that comes with orthodontic treatment. They are less likely to break or chip than other materials, so they will last longer.
Ceramic brackets are orthodontic brackets that are made of a translucent or tooth-colored ceramic material, which makes them fit in with the natural color of teeth. Compared to metal frames, this makes them less obvious and more pleasing to the eye. Most of the time, a high-strength composite or polycrystalline material is used. People who want a more aesthetic option often choose ceramic brackets.
Self Ligating Braces
Self ligating braces or brackets hold the archwire within the bracket slot in place with a sliding door or clip mechanism. This mechanism lets the teeth move in a controlled and accurate way without the need for ligatures. They come in the both metal and the ceramic versions.
Patients may feel more comfortable when there is less friction and no ligatures. Since there are no ligatures, there are no elastics to replace or adjust at frequent appointments. This makes adjustments less painful. In some cases, this can also help teeth get straighter more quickly and easily.
Lingual brackets are connected to the back (lingual) surface of the teeth, which makes them almost invisible from the front. They are a more discreet way to straighten teeth, but they can be harder to adjust and keep clean than standard brackets. Lingual braces are made for each person so that they fit well.
Clear Aligner Attachments
Clear aligner attachments are small bumps or buttons that look like teeth and are bonded to certain teeth. They give clear aligners more places to hold on to or grip in order to apply specific forces and make complex tooth movements easier. Most of the time, a composite resin is used to make these attachments.
Choose the Right Orthodontic Brackets for You
Overall, orthodontic brackets are essential for successful orthodontic treatment. They are made from different materials, come in a variety of shapes, and can be customized to meet individual patient needs. If you have questions about selecting the right bracket for you, speak to your orthodontist’s office today and find the perfect bracket for you!