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Types Of Dental Braces For Adults

02 April 2019

This post will provide you with a comprehensive guide to the different types of braces available for adults.

We’ve also added a couple of frequently asked questions at the end so... in no particular order lets jump in :)

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces

These are clear glass like brackets that are attached to the teeth. They work just like traditional metal braces but look much better.

They are more expensive than traditional braces and can be self ligating (no elastic) or traditional type ( with elastic).

The clear elastics tend to stain with certain foods and tea or coffee.

Traditional Fixed Braces

These are the “train tracks” we are all so familiar with.

They are still used though nowadays mostly for younger patients and in short term cases.

Traditional fixed braces cost much less to fit than other types of braces and so are often the most popular choice for those on a tight budget.

6 Month Braces

6 month braces explainer video

The short term version of traditional braces, 6 month braces aim to straighten the front teeth only in about 6 months.

You can get these in either metal or clear and are suitable for those aged 16 years and over with mild to moderate crowding.

For more information on 6 month braces, check out our recent posts; How 6 Month Braces Work and Do 6 Month Braces Actually Work?

 

Lingual Braces

These are braces you place on the inside hidden lingual surface of teeth.

They are very expensive and to be honest are rarely used now that we have clear aligners. We don’t provide lingual braces at 3Dental.

Self Ligating Braces

These are the most popular type of braces in the world. They work like traditional metal braces but have no elastic attaching the wire to the teeth. Instead the wire locks into the tooth bracket.

The result is that the teeth move quickly and well. They do cost more though as the brackets are very expensive to buy.

Invisible Aligners

These are becoming a very popular way of moving teeth and you see them advertised a lot.

This uses a series of clear aligners (retainers) to move the teeth and because they are virtually invisible and removable they are growing in popularity all the time.

invisalign braces explainer video

In truth they are probably the future of braces. They are suited for mild to moderate crowding in adults and because they require you to follow directions closely they are not suited to everyone.

Invisalign are the best know type of invisible aligners and can be explained by Dr.Paula Taracido in the following video.

 

Inman Aligners

These have largely been replaced by clear aligners and at 3Dental we don’t provide them.

So there you have it folks. You now know about the different types of braces for adults!

However, the questions you're only dying to ask is...

Which Type Of Braces Are The Best?

Types Of Braces for AdultsBest Suited To
Ceramic BracesAdults who don’t want metal because of appearance
Lingual BracesNo longer used
Self LigatingUsed by everyone. They are effective and you will see results quickly. They do cost a little extra though.
Traditional Fixed BracesSuitable for everyone although they don’t look quite as well as invisible braces. They do, however, cost less, so perhaps more suited to those on a tight budget.
6 Month Braces16 years plus with mild to moderate crowding of front teeth. 6 month braces can be either clear or metal
Invisible Braces (also known as aligners)Adults who don’t want to wear braces and who have mild to moderate crowding or spacing

What Kind Of Braces Do I Need?

This depends on a few things:

  • What is the problem you are trying to fix?
  • How long will it take to correct?
  • The financial cost?
  • Whether you will follow the instructions (self maintenance required) or would rather have a fixed option (no self maintenance required)

The best way to find which braces would suit you best is to come in and chat to our of our dental team at 3Dental.

We'll be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each system with you and guide you in your choice.

Which Types Of Braces Are The Fastest?

what kind of braces do i need
  • 6 month braces are the fastest but limited to front teeth only.
  • Self ligating braces tend to work faster than traditional braces.
  • Clear aligners tend to be the slowest braces.

Conclusion

There's a bewildering array of braces out there and we can understand how some people may get confused.

I hope we have cleared up a few questions in this post, but if you have any more feel free to come in for a free consultation in either our Dublin or Limerick clinics and we can discuss :)

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