What Are the Different Types of Orthodontic Appliances?
Each braces appliance currently available today has pros and cons. You can determine which one would be right for you by meeting with an orthodontist to discuss these various options. Here is a brief overview of some of the different types of orthodontic appliances that are popular with orthodontic patients.
Why Would I Consider Choosing the Damon® System?
The Damon® System is an innovative braces system that seeks to remedy some of the disadvantages of traditional braces. This system uses a self-ligating braces design that includes a sliding mechanism. Some of the advantages of this system would include:
- These braces are able to correct misalignment of teeth without requiring metal or elastic ties to stay in place.
- With this system, there’s no need for the orthodontist to tighten your braces. This design can significantly reduce the number of office visits required during your treatment.
- Patients using this system can sometimes avoid the need to healthy teeth extracted or the need for painful palatal expanders. The result is a fuller, more natural smile.
- This system allows orthodontists to use extreme precision in realigning teeth for optimal aesthetic results and overall health benefits.
There are very few disadvantages to the self-ligating braces system. Among them would be:
- They may be cost-prohibitive for some patients. If you’re interested in this type of braces you could discuss payment plans with the orthodontist or find out if they’re covered under your insurance plan.
- Some patients like the flexibility of being able to remove their appliance for certain occasions. This system is not removable.
Overall, this is a truly remarkable orthodontic appliance. It’s well worth consideration and comes with high recommendation from a growing number of orthodontists.
Why Would I Consider Choosing the SureSmile® Wire System?
The SureSmile® wire system is a technologically advanced system in which wires are bent using robotics to custom fit each patient’s unique set of teeth. By use of computer simulations, an orthodontist can determine the exact right spot to place each bracket on each tooth for extreme precision. The results are impressive.
- This system offers an orthodontist a high degree of control and accuracy.
- Each patient’s tooth alignment can be simulated multiple times to achieve precise results.
- SureSmile® can reduce the amount of time necessary for treatment compared to conventional braces.
- Because they are attached to the teeth they can’t be misplaced and patients can’t forget to wear them. This can increase effectiveness compared to removable appliances.
Disadvantages of the SureSmile® system would include:
- Once again, this option may be cost-prohibitive for some patients. Those who are interested in them can seek out insurance and payment plan information to help with this possible drawback.
They can’t be removed for special occasions.
- The cutting-edge technology employed in the SureSmile® system is truly amazing. Patients and orthodontists alike appreciate the accuracy available from the use of digital treatment options. This system is certainly worth consideration.
Why Would I Consider Choosing Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
For patients who enjoy the flexibility of a removable appliance, Invisalign® clear aligners may be a great option. Here are a few advantages to this system:
- This option is ideal for a patient who wants their treatment to be as unnoticeable as possible.
- Many people probably won’t even realize the patient is wearing the aligners.
- They can be removed for special occasions or to take pictures if desired.
- They don’t cause chewing difficulties because they’re removed during eating.
- They don’t cause sores that conventional braces can cause because of the rubbing of brackets and wires along the inside of the mouth.
There are also a few disadvantages of the Invisalign® system. These would include:
- They may be cost-prohibitive for some patients when compared to conventional braces. Patients interested in this option should discuss cost, payment plans, and insurance with their orthodontist and insurance provider.
- They can easily be misplaced when they’re removed.
- They aren’t always as effective as some of the other braces appliance methods.
- They’re not recommended for every patient. Consult with the orthodontist to see if you would be a candidate for these clear orthodontic aligners.
These clear aligners have plenty to offer in terms of convenience and aesthetics. For many patients, they serve as an effective alternative to conventional braces.
With the wide selection of braces appliances available today, orthodontic patients can now enjoy exciting alternatives to conventional braces. Whether you like the comfort of self-ligating braces, the precision of a technologically advanced wire system, or the flexibility of removable aligners, you can speak to the orthodontist about the option that would best fit your unique circumstances. We understand that no two patients are alike. That’s why we strive to provide patients with helpful information about the different types of orthodontic appliances that are currently available so they can make smart decisions about their orthodontic treatment.