Braces are used to correct many types of malocclusions. Deciding which type of braces is right for you depends on your orthodontic needs and personal preferences.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are made of high-grade silver or gold stainless steel. While they may vary in style and size, they all have the key characteristic of overhanging edges around which a metal or elastic tie is used to hold the wire in place. Patients are given the option of choosing colored elastic on their braces as a means of personal expression and fun.
These types of braces are made of white ceramic with white rubber bands to blend with the color of the patients’ teeth perfectly. While ceramic braces are much less noticeable than metal braces, they are still effective in correcting many types of malocclusions. Ceramic braces do run the risk of becoming stained if the patient drinks a lot of sodas, coffee, red wine or similar drinks. However, the clear bands will be replaced at every monthly adjustment.
No matter which type of braces you choose, orthodontists recommend you avoid sticky, chewy and crunchy foods as they can damage brackets, loosen bands and bend wires.
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