Braces Technology – A Comparison Chart

By September 30, 2016Orthodontics

Braces Technology – A Comparison ChartAt our Vancouver and Coquitlam orthodontic clinics, we’re all about options. Regardless of your age, lifestyle and case, there’s a treatment that will help you get straight teeth and an aligned bite. Wondering what kind of braces are best? Well, since not every choice will work for every individual, to determine if you’re a candidate for a certain treatment you’ll want to schedule a free consultation at Evergreen Orthodontics. In the meantime, we’ll go over the pros and cons of the different types of orthodontic treatment to give you a better idea of what to expect.

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types-of-bracesTraditional Metal Braces

Ideal For: Children, teens and adults

Addresses: Crowding, spacing, overjet, underbite and crossbite

Pros:

  • Most affordable option
  • Treats the widest variety of cases from simple to very complex
  • You can show off your personality by choosing your elastic colors

Cons:

  • Patients have food restrictions
  • Most visible type of braces

Clear Ceramic Braces

Ideal For: Teens and adults

Addresses: Spacing, crowding, overjet, crossbite and underbite

Pros:

  • Translucent brackets blend into your teeth making them less noticeable than metal braces
  • Can work more quickly than options like Invisalign
  • Treats a large variety of cases

Cons:

  • Patients have food restrictions

Ideal For: Children, teens and adults

Addresses: Crowding, spacing, overjet, underbite and crossbite

Pros:

  • Treats a wide variety of cases
  • Smaller and sleeker brackets than traditional metal braces
  • Tie-less braces require fewer adjustments
  • Cons:
  • Still visible on the teeth
  • Patients have food restrictions

Lingual Braces

Ideal For: Older teens and adults

Addresses: Mild to moderate crowding, spacing, underbite, crossbite and overjet

Pros:

  • Truly discreet and completely invisible from the outside
  • Customized to your mouth

Cons:

  • More expensive than other treatments
  • May take longer to achieve results
  • Not always appropriate for severe cases
  • More difficult to clean

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

Ideal For: Teens and adults

Addresses: Crowding, spacing, crossbite, overjet and underbite

Pros:

  • Virtually invisible
  • Smooth, plastic aligners are comfortable
  • Aligners are removable for serious convenience
  • No food restrictions
  • Simple to maintain oral hygiene

Cons:

  • Not always appropriate for severe cases
  • Treatment can take slightly longer

Do you dream of a beautiful, healthy smile? Evergreen Orthodontics can make it a reality. Dr. Lee is an expert in a variety of treatments and she’ll help you decide which of these options will work for you. Schedule your free consultation at our Coquitlam or Vancouver orthodontic clinic.

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COVID-19 Update - July 12, 2021

Dear Evergreen Orthodontics patients and families,

Evergreen Orthodontics is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staffs and the community we serve. We highly recommend facial coverings in our office, ask every patient COVID-19 screening questions and continue to use air purifiers in reception and clinic area. In addition to our safety measures that are already in place, we are disinfecting high touch areas more frequently throughout the day to provide even safer environment for our patients and staffs during the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 604-671-2255 during our office hours.

COVID-19 special consideration:

If you are exhibiting any symptoms such as fever, cough, sneezing or difficulty breathing (with or without pneumonia) OR have recently travelled within 14 days, please contact the BC Health line (811) for medical advice.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Our team wishes for you and your family’s health and safety.

Best regards,

Dr. Gaeun Lee and Evergreen Orthodontics team