What Are the Different Types of Braces Available?

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Are you in need of braces, and are wondering that type to choose? There are a variety of braces available to straighten your teeth nowadays. The type you choose should depend on your preferences, in addition to what's best for your teeth. Your dentist will most likely go through the options with you, and give you a recommendation.

However, if you want to find out more about your options before visiting a dentist, then read on for some information on the different types of braces.

Ceramic Braces

The advantage of ceramic braces is that they can be of a similar colour to teeth. This means they don't stand out as much as the metal braces, which typically people are uncomfortable in. The wires are also the same colour as your teeth to reduce the amount that they stand out even further. The only downside, when compared with metal braces, is that they are more expensive. Also you'll need to take good care of them, or they will begin to stain.

Metal Braces

The biggest advantage of metal braces is that they are the cheapest option out there. Also, there care coloured bands that are popular among kids. Another advantage of metal braces is that they are strong, and therefore will not break very easily.


This is one of the more expensive options, but they come with some great benefits. Firstly, as the name suggests they are transparent and unnoticeable from a distance. Also they allow the patient to eat and drink anything that they want without consequences. They simply have to take them out before eating, which is something that other options don't necessarily allow.

It's like a mouthguard and can be removed which is very hand if you are going on a date, or are about to take part in sports. They must be replaced every few weeks to match the changing shape of your teeth.

Lingual Braces

These are basically metal braces, but are exclusively located on the inside of your teeth. The obvious advantage is that they cannot be seen. The downside is that they might not be applicable to your particular case, and it will take longer for your teeth to arrive at the desired configuration. They are a great option if you have the patience for a lengthy treatment, and do not want anyone to see that you are actually wearing braces.

Make an appointment through clinics like Brisbane Mall Dental Centre to learn more about your options.


25 February 2015

Dental Health: Not To Be Taken For Granted

As a retired dentist, I work with charities which visit developing countries and educate children about dental care. It gives me great satisfaction to revisit these communities and see how proud the children are of their efforts. I am acutely aware that good dental hygiene can help prevent a range of serious conditions when these children become older. I started this blog because it greatly distresses me that many people in Australia do not seem to care for their teeth as much as children in these poor communities. This is happening despite ready access to items like toothbrushes and toothpaste which are luxuries in the places I visit. It is my hope that this blog encourages you not to take dental health for granted. My greatest wish is that you can be as inspired as the children I see in my charity work. Please read on and enjoy.