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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