What Are the Different Types of Braces?

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There are many available types of dental braces in Yaletown Vancouver, and the type of braces best for your needs depends on your specific tooth or jaw issue. In the past, there was only an option to use all-metal braces, but today, there are many options for patients who need orthodontic treatments to choose from. Here is a list of the different types of braces and their benefits.

#1 Metal Braces

Also known as traditional braces, metal braces have metal brackets that attach to your teeth along with a flexible wire that applies continuous pressure to slowly move your teeth into the desired position.

Metal braces are still one of the most common orthodontic methods used today, and they are typically the most cost-effective type of braces.

Metal braces are very obvious in the mouth, and sometimes, younger patients are excited by the opportunity to personalize their metal braces with brightly colored elastics on each bracket. However, some patients are disconcerted by the idea of having an unsightly smile.

In the past, metal braces created an unsightly appearance because of their size and color; however, with modern technology, your dentist in Yaletown Vancouver can create less noticeable braces and wires that help quicken the process and lower the amount of pain involved.

Currently, the typical price for metal braces ranges from $3000 to $7000, depending on the length of treatment and your selected orthodontist.

#2 Ceramic Braces

Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces are also affixed to your teeth and function to slowly shift your teeth into the correct position. The major difference between metal and ceramic braces is their appearance.

If you are looking for a more discrete option for dental braces near you, ceramic braces may be the right choice. They use clear elastics and wires, as well as brackets that match the color and texture of your teeth.

It is important to understand that while ceramic braces are clear, they are easily stained if they are not properly cleaned. The level of discomfort associated with ceramic braces is similar to that of ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are slightly more expensive than traditional braces, costing around $4000 to $8000.

#3 Clear Aligners

Clear aligners such as Invisalign are an increasingly popular form of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable trays to correct misaligned teeth. They are often considered to be a more discrete and convenient alternative to braces.

Clear aligners are ideal for teenagers and young adults who are nervous about the appearance of metal braces, and they cause less discomfort than metal braces.

If you are considering clear aligners, make sure to speak to a dentist near you about if this treatment is right for you. While clear aligners are a great orthodontic treatment, they are not effective on individuals with serious misalignment issues, such as crossbites. On average, clear aligners cost between $4000 to $7500.

#4 Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are another great option for adults who want to conceal their braces and are typically just as effective as metal braces.

Lingual braces are placed on the back of teeth rather than the front of teeth, hiding them from plain sight. Lingual braces can still be seen when wearers speak, but they are less noticeable than other forms of braces.

Lingual braces are not suitable for everyone and can cause discomfort from the brackets brushing up against the tongue. These brackets can also make speaking difficult.

The cost of lingual braces is usually around $8000-$10,000 making them the most expensive option for braces.

Interested in Braces?

Our team at Greenwoods Dental Yaletown Vancouver is happy to provide our patients with options for dental braces in Yaletown Vancouver. Please contact our clinic today to book a consultation. We can’t wait to get you on your way to a beautiful, healthy smile!


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