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Metal or Clear Braces – Which is the Best?



As well as looking unsightly, misaligned teeth can also cause problems connected to jaw pain and the irregular wearing of teeth. Traditionally, the dental braces which have been used to correct this problem have been made from a dark metal, making them not only uncomfortable, but also highly visible. Because of this, many people have simply refused to wear them, and who can blame them perhaps. The choices now though are considerably wider than they used to be and there are a great number of adult braces now available which are much more comfortable as well as discreet.

The positive thing about metal braces, though, is that they are actually quite effective and do the job pretty well. Whether this is sufficient pay off for people probably depends on an individual perspective. There are other pitfalls to them, though, as they can’t be removed for cleaning or while eating and therefore often trap food particles, which are not removed by brushing (not easy while wearing braces); this can cause decay of the teeth and possible extraction later on.

Modern Orthodontics

This brings us nicely to one of the best advanced orthodontic treatments, which gets nicely around that problem. Invisalign, as they are known by their trade name, is a form of invisible brace that is made up of several transparent medical grade plastic trays. Each of these is designed specifically for the individual and is worn over the teeth. Each is worn for a period of a few weeks and then removed before adding the next tray, which will push the teeth just a little further into position. This process continues until the teeth are in their desired location. In addition to this, they are easily removed while eating and for cleaning the teeth, so there is no real risk of food becoming trapped.

Disadvantages of Invisalign So, where is the disadvantage, I can hear you ask. Well, the primary two problems of this type of treatment are that it takes over a year and sometimes two or three, for the procedure to fully take effect. It is also one of the most expensive methods available.

The Six Month Smile

The latest orthodontic treatment which is becoming ever popular is the Six Month Smile; so-called because it takes only an average of six months for the procedure to be effective. Unlike the Invisalign product, though, it is not removable and works on a very similar basis to traditional braces. So, why are people using it?

The answer is simple, apart from the speedy treatment period, which is ideal for those seeking to have their teeth straightened for a specific date such as a wedding, it costs about half of what Invisalign does. If that isn’t a bargain, then I don’t know what is.

Even though it works similarly to traditional braces, both the brackets and the wiring are made from a lightweight material in a tooth-color to match your own. This makes it significantly more discreet. The brackets to are much smaller than on traditional braces, which are an added bonus. It manages its fast speed by working only on the visible front teeth and is not used on the rear teeth.

There is no doubt that traditional metal braces are on their way out, but new orthodontic methods that are more discreet will hopefully encourage us all to have our crooked teeth corrected.