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What Kinds of Braces Are There?

Published on October 7, 2015

Dental braces come in a few different forms, with a few different names. At Alpha Dental, we offer dental braces tailored to your preferences and needs. There are a more options other than the traditional metal braces that most people wear in their teens as well. When people come in for dental alignment, they often ask about what kinds of alignment treatment they can get. It begs the question, what kinds of braces are there?

metal_bracesMetal Braces

The bread and butter classic braces, metal braces use metal bands and wires to pull teeth into proper alignment from the outside. These tend to take some getting used to at first, and can be tough to clean. They are readily visible when you open your mouth, and carry the unfortunate stigma of being for kids. However, they are the braces of choice for more extreme dental conditions, as they are durable and more forceful, taking a shorter time to complete treatment of seriously misaligned teeth.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are like metal braces, only with ceramic tooth-colored bands to make them less visible. Otherwise, they are much the same as metal braces in their functionality, usable for more serious alignment problems. However, they require a little more care to use in order to avoid staining.

ClearCorrect AlignmentClearCorrect Alignment

Though not a traditional set of braces, the ClearCorrect alignment system serves the same purpose as metal braces. They are far less noticeable than metal braces and provide a gentler alignment process that is virtually painless. In general, this system will correct alignment quicker than metal braces, except in the case of extreme misalignment, in which case you may not be able to use ClearCorrect. These need to be adjusted every few weeks, and are freely removable, though they should only ever be taken off when eating and brushing.

To find out what braces you need for your dental alignment, call or make an appointment with Dr. Saeed Ahmed at Alpha Dental in Nashua to discuss your options.

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