The Benefits Of Each Major Popular Type Of Orthodontics

Too often you will see different competing types of orthodontics try to sabotage the other variants when all of them have their own benefits and all provide much-needed help for those suffering from poorly-developed teeth structures. Instead of looking at the negatives, it is important to understand the benefits each offer you so that you know all the facts and not just the headlines you might see. That way you can make an informed choice for you (or your children) and feel confident in whichever direction you go. Here are the main benefits of each of the three major types of orthodontics: metal braces, Invisalign, and lingual braces.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the oldest and most well-known form of orthodontics, which is not to say they are outdated or obsolete. In fact, new technologies continue to advance metal braces and now many of them are much more comfortable and far more efficient than they ever were in the past. They are the most visible form of orthodontics but the stigma against them has significantly lessened as the years have gone on and most people know someone who has had them. They are also the cheapest, which is a not insignificant point when so many families are struggling right now.


Invisalign is a relatively new form of orthodontics that has taken the world by storm. They are, as their name suggests, virtually invisible to the naked eye when in use and they allow you the freedom to remove them and eat and sleep without them in. This is much more comfortable, particularly for children. They also are not as painful in some cases, particularly for those with rather severe issues, as they work slower and more gradually. They are also easy to replace, as the new ones simply show up at your door at regular intervals.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are virtually the same as metal braces except for one crucial difference: they are placed on the inside of your teeth rather than the outside. This means that they are, just like Invisalign braces, almost invisible. They also can work much quicker than simple retainers and do not stain as noticeably. You will need a special type of toothbrush to clean them efficiently, but other than that they act almost the same as metal braces and are becoming more and more an option for those who would otherwise choose metal variants. 

Contact a local orthodontics office to learn more about your options.