Types Of Orthodontic Braces And Treatment Tips

 In Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you’re getting orthodontic braces for yourself or your child, it pays to know the different types of this dental appliance. By doing so, you will be able to make the right choice and be more prepared for the changes you or your child will experience. Below are the different types of orthodontic braces often recommended by Dental Reflections Dublin:

Traditional metal braces

This is the most common type of orthodontic brace treatment. Conventional metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel specifically designed for the wearer. The metal brackets are attached to each tooth with the use of orthodontic glue. Each bracket is linked to each other with a thin archwire which puts pressure on the teeth, thereby moving them slowly into the desired position.

Metal braces are typically recommended for anyone with more serious orthodontic issues. Treatment time varies from person to person and severity of the orthodontic issue. However, the average treatment time is around 20 months.

Invisible aligners

Invisalign® aligners are clear and removable braces which can straighten your teeth. Since they are invisible, nobody will be able to tell that you have them on. They are also removable and as such, you can take them off when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can also remove them when you have to speak in public or for several minutes.

Invisible aligners are comfortable and not made of metal which can cause mouth abrasions during treatment. They are highly recommended for adults and teenagers who may find wearing metal braces uncomfortable and inconvenient.


Fastbraces® is recommended by dentists to patients who have moderate crowding, alignment, or bite problems. They move the crown and roots of the teeth at the same time from the start of the treatment.

With this type of orthodontic appliance, you can get results often with less sensitivity and pain within a year. Some patients even complete their treatment successfully within just two to three months.

 Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces but the wires and brackets are applied to the inside surface of the teeth instead of the outside. They are customized to match the shape of the patient’s teeth.

Although they are not visible from the outside, lingual braces are recommended less often since they can make oral hygiene more difficult to maintain than traditional braces. Treatment time may often take longer than other types of orthodontic braces.

Selecting the Most Suitable Orthodontic Treatment

To know which type of orthodontic brace is best suited to you or your child, first, determine your priorities, or your little one’s priorities, first. Is maintaining good oral hygiene without the additional hassle important? Or is having braces that are barely seen more important? If you are worried about the treatment cost, consider this in your final decision, too.   

When choosing braces for yourself or your child, you have to consider what Dr. Rudi As-Sanie will recommend as well. They will carefully study the condition of your teeth, the severity of the issue, and the treatment goals. They will then determine and discuss with you the best type of treatment ideal for your particular smile.

Contact us today to find out which orthodontic treatment is best for your smile.

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