If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may be wondering what your orthodontic options are. To determine the best way to achieve your ultimate smile goals, turn to Jason H. Ikeno, D.D.S., in Waipahu, HI. Dr. Ikeno is an experienced family dentist who offers both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Below, he answers a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding the different kinds of braces.
4 Common Questions About Braces
1. What Are the Advantages of Metal Braces?
Metal braces are what most people think of when they consider traditional orthodontic appliances. Although advancements in dental technology have led to other methods for straightening teeth, metal braces are not obsolete. These are the most affordable kind of braces, and they tend to realign teeth more quickly than other methods.
2. How Are Ceramic Braces Different From Metal Ones?
Ceramic braces are composed of the same components as metal braces—brackets and wires—but their brackets are either clear or designed to match your natural teeth. These are an affordable option for adults who want traditional braces that are more discreet.
3. What Are Lingual Braces?
If your orthodontist places the brackets and wires on the inside of your teeth, they are called lingual braces. These braces are essentially invisible when you smile, but they are more expensive and are much harder to clean than traditional braces.
4. Are There Any Removable Options?
If you are interested in removable braces, you may be a good candidate for ClearCorrect®, which are clear plastic aligners you can take in and out of your mouth at will. Clear aligners tend to be more expensive than traditional braces, but they are totally invisible, and they do not inhibit your ability to brush and floss or to eat certain foods.
If you’re considering getting braces and want to discuss your options, turn to Jason H. Ikeno, D.D.S., in Waipahu, HI. Check out the practice online to learn more about the dentistry services they provide, and call (808) 676-1520 to make an appointment today.