Metal, Clear, or Lingual: Which Type of Braces Are Right for You?

The decision to getbraces in Norton, OH, is not always easy. You need to commit to several months to a few years of treatment and figure out how to finance it. Additionally, you must decide which braces would be the most effective and aesthetically pleasing.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces have been the standard in orthodontic treatment for decades. When you opt for these types of braces, Dr. Brian Hockenberger attaches a bracket to the front of each tooth. A small wire, commonly referred to as an arch wire, holds the brackets together and helps to move your teeth into a new position. Standard metal braces typically require a monthly adjustment at Hockenberger Orthodontics. Once he removes the braces, you may need to wear headgear at night or a retainer.

Clear Braces or Aligners

Clear braces contain brackets and archwire, just as metal braces do. The primary difference between the two is the color of the brackets and wire. The color is typically silver metal with traditional braces, while clear braces are white and less noticeable. You can also choose an alternative color for your brackets and wires.

Clear aligners are not braces at all but act in the same manner. You wear a removable aligner for at least 22 hours daily and switch it for the next one in the set approximately once every two weeks.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces contain brackets and wires that go behind each tooth instead of in the front. This can be a good option if you are concerned about your appearance during treatment and want to disguise your braces.

Dr. Hockenberger is happy to recommend the best type ofbraces in Norton, OH, during your initial orthodontic consultation.