If you need braces, then your orthodontist might talk to you about various options. Depending on the treatment you need, you can choose from different kinds of solutions from traditional metal braces to clear aligners.
While you might be interested in trying newer technologies, like clear braces, there is an argument for sticking with traditional metal options. What are the advantages of taking this route?
1. Metal Braces Are Cheaper
Metal braces are the most traditional and long-established type of brace. These braces involve a mix of brackets, wires, and elastics that are fixed to your teeth during your treatment. Your orthodontist controls dental movement by tweaking the tension of the braces periodically until your teeth are straight.
As a long-established treatment, you usually find that it is cheaper to use metal braces than newer materials such as ceramics or plastics. Your insurance might cover more of your costs if you take a traditional route. Plus, metal braces are stronger and more hard-wearing. They stay in the mouth, so you can't drop them or lose them. So, you won't have to deal with additional repair or replacement costs.
2. Metal Braces Work Faster
Nobody wants to wear braces for longer than they have to. However, sometimes your treatment takes more time than you thought it would. For example, you'll have a delay if you break a brace and have to have a new one fitted. You might not wear clear aligners as diligently as you should which extends your treatment time.
Metal braces straighten teeth and manage misalignments quickly and efficiently. You can't take these braces out when you eat, as you would with aligners, so they work on your teeth all the time. This could reduce the amount of time you have to wear braces.
3. Metal Braces Look Better Now
Some people worry about how metal braces will look in the mouth. While it's true that these braces sometimes looked big and clunky in the past, today's braces are much more streamlined and subtle. For example, you might be able to use smaller braces that are less noticeable. Or, you can customize your braces by choosing elastics colors and designs. You don't have to look like you have a mouth full of metal any longer.
To find out more about the benefits of using metal braces and to see some examples of how they might look, talk to your orthodontist.