Types of Braces
Metal BracesMetal braces are the most common of all types of braces, mostly made of stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Most patients like to dress up their braces with different coloured elastics that can be changed every appointment. Traditional braces are versatile, cost effective and suitable to treat most orthodontic problems. The amount of time braces will be required for will depend on each personal treatment plan and the Earlwood Orthodontics team makes sure you know how to look after your braces to minimise treatment time.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are incredibly popular among adult patients given their cosmetic appeal. They can however be more fragile and elastic ties can discolour between orthodontic visits. Innovative, effective and durable technology is the specialty of 3M Unitek and it’s no wonder that they are recognised and trusted by orthodontists around the world. Clear braces offer a range of benefits for patients and are suited to people of all ages.
Invisalign are clear plastic removable plates that are worn in a sequence to move teeth without wires or braces from start to finish. They are almost invisible and can be removed for social occasions and for normal oral hygiene routines. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dental provider.
These are the only non-visible form of fixed orthodontic treatment and are utilized when the problems are more than just alignment of teeth. The latest generation of lingual braces is extremely small and comfortable and treatment times have been greatly reduced.