Articles on braces

Invisible Braces- Best Option for Beautiful Smiles

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
Straight teeth and a revitalized smile may no longer need to come from a mouth full of unattractive wire and bracket braces. Enhancing self-esteem and physical confidence, invisible braces offer an esthetic and barely visible alternative to conventional wire/bracket braces. The clear aligners (also called clear braces) are manufactured using advanced computer technology that predicts tooth movement, making it possible for the removable orthodontic appliance to gradually straighten teeth.CONDITIONS TREATED WITH INVISIBLE BRACES Invisible braces can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:Overbite or overjetCrowded or widely spaced teethCrooked teethInvisible braces are designed for adults and older teenagers; invisible braces are not recommended when baby teeth remain. Children and younger teenagers faced with orthodontic problems will require traditional metal braces with brackets/wires on the front of the teeth. However, only your dentist or orthodontist can determine if you are a candidate for invisible braces. The clear aligner treatment was designed primarily for adults due to the need for absolute and rigid cooperation; the trays are worn 22 hours per day and should not be forgotten or lost.However, since clear aligners are removable, they may require more motivation and self-discipline to wear consistently, and they are easier to misplace or lose. Lost clear aligners may result in treatment delay and additional replacement costs. While fairly comfortable, clear aligners can cause discomfort or mild pain, particularly at the beginning when new aligners are placed and exert pressure on the teeth to move them. Additionally, clear aligners are available only from dentists or orthodontists manufacturer-certified and trained to offer them.Clear aligners are made after your dentist/orthodontist takes three-dimensional impressions of your teeth and sends them to a manufacturer-specific laboratory that fabricates your custom-fit clear aligners using computerized technology. These aligners are then sent to your dentist/orthodontist to be tried on and evaluated for suitability. Clear aligners are provided in sets. The number of aligners will depend on your specific orthodontic problem. You will wear each new aligner set for a specified amount of time, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. With each new aligner set, your teeth slowly adjust and gradually realign to your desired smile. At periodic visits, your dentist/orthodontist will provide the next aligner set and evaluate your progress throughout treatment.

Adult Braces: A Forward Thinking That Sets You Apart!

Dr. Shikha Goel, Dentist
Gone were the times when the idea of treatment with braces was limited to children, though best time for orthodontic treatment is still childhood when bones are pliable and results are easy to achieve and predictable.So does it mean adults with anything less than a perfectly lined teeth are not suitable for braces treatment. Answer is a clear NO. Modern dentistry and orthodontics have evolved to an extent that even adults of any age can benefit from this treatment, provided they don't have any other dental issue that contraindicates braces treatment. The only prerequisite to contemplate a braces treatment is a will and belief in dentistry.What age groups can benefit?Excellent results in males and females  have been achieved with no upper age limit. Majority of adults are in age bracket of 25-40 years who are seeking orthodontic treatment these days.What are options available?Metal braces: Safe and most economical optional. They are there for last several decades.Ceramic braces/Clear braces: Most of adults prefer going for ceramic braces. Budget friendly results equivalent to metal braces, suited for simple to complex cases.Lingual braces: These are applied on tongue side of teeth and are completely hidden from direct view of any person in front of you. Not suited for everyone and priced higher than ceramic braces.Invisible braces: These are completely transparent and removable appliances. They are to be worn for most part of the day and are advised to be removed only during eating. They are priced higher than lingual braces.What is the treatment duration?Treatment duration varies from case to case but in most cases results can be achieved in between 6-18 months.Who is the specialist for this treatment?Braces specialists are known as Orthodontists i.e. a dentist who has spent additional three years under guidance and have acquired M.D.S degree. It is a highly specialized branch.How to care for my teeth during braces treatment?Braces treatment puts an additional responsibility on you to take more care of cleanliness of your teeth. Regular mouth rinsing, twice brushing, intradental brush, excessive intake of water and regular visit to your orthodontist.How to proceed with treatment?If you think you have any issue with the alignment of your teeth visit your dentist, he will assess your condition. You may be having underbite, crossbite, overbite, jetting, supernumary teeth, deep bite and many other issues which may be related to both or only one jaw. Generally to begin your orthodontist will take your profile pictures, request old photographs, Full mouth xray / OPG, lateral cephalogram, models of your teeth or other things as per depending on your case.Your orthodontist will call you every 3-4 weeks to change the wire and make adjustments to fine tune  the movement of your teeth in desired position.What happens after the treatment?When your teeth have moved in to the desired position braces are removed and teeth scaled and polished. Most of the patients have to wear a retainer for some time; a kind of non- visible appliance that holds the teeth in desired position to prevent them from going back in original position. We work with you unless you achieve that smile line you are striving for!

Best Age to Put braces...

Dr. Prashant Dhole, Dentist
Often parents are concerned about the growing dentition of their child. Most feel that their child's teeth should be aligned with braces at the right time so that he/she is in best of the dental health and with nice and confident smile. They also are well aware that straight teeth and an attractive smile  can do wonders to their child's career and life goals. Out of their genuine concern comes the question to their dentist - When should we put braces for my child? The child that time could be around 8 years with a developing crossbite. SCENE 1Not so well informed dentist could give a well practised answer - wait till all his milk teeth fall off......The father or mother happily are relaxed and wait till all his milk teeth fall off... The child is 12 - 13 years now... They go back to the dentist and ask - now is it time ? We see that his teeth are more crooked than they were when he was 8 years, his lower jaw is growing more than his U jaw, he has developed face asymmetry. The dentist now calls a Visiting  Orthodontist to his clinic who comes in with a small bag with some instruments. He has just finished checking up/ changing wires of 10 other patients with same set of instruments within last 30 min. ( avg. 3 min per patient). He hurriedly looks at the teeth of the child and tells the dentist, "We will extract 4 premolars. I will put brackets today and will give wires next month when I come." So, the child has 4 braces on his incisors and undergoes 4 premolar extraction and waits for  a month when the orthodontist is back in his dentist's clinic. The orthodontist puts a wire and starts pulling his teeth back with elastics. This goes on for several months, 2 years are over now... The child is 15 years... tired of having braces... still not happy with the results... The dentist says that now the braces will be removed....  The mother is still concerned about teeth which look too far inside. The crossbite is still there. The child has bite problems which is causing T M joint pain while chewing. The dentist says... now teeth look good and the child is sent off with  retainers... He has developed white spots on teeth and few cavities which require urgent attention.... The parents think .... WHY DID WE DO BRACES???   SCENE 2 The parents took the child to an Orthodontic clinic which was well equipped and catered to only braces treatment of children and adults. The orthodontist was well informed. After examining the child, he said that the child has a dental crossbite and a mild functional shift of mandible. He suggested immediate intervention at the age 8 to correct the crossbite and functional jaw shift. To evaluate the case, the orthodontist took study models, few x rays and dental and facial photographs of the child. He studied the plaster records, x rays and photographs and chalked out the right treatment plan for the child. The treatment plan was discussed with the parents at treatment conference appointment. All the queries of the parents were answered. The next appointment the PHASE 1 orthodontic treatment was started with braces to correct crossbites and functional jaw shifts. This continued for few months till all Phase 1 objectives were achieved. Already the child was looking better and had a better teeth alignment and smile. The Phase 1 braces were removed. Then the Orthodontist kept the child under observation till all his milk teeth were shed and permanent teeth erupted. As the permanent teeth were in mouth, few new teeth required some straightening , therefore braces were put again at age 12 to carry out Phase 2 treatment after studying the new set of records. The phase 2 continued for another year or so. Timely flouride applications were done and oral hygiene monitored throughout this period. Then the orthodontist took some prefinishing x rays and carried out few final corrections. And  a month or two later, the braces were removed. The mother could not stop complimenting the child'd healthy and attractive smile. He looked so handsome. The father was excited too with the realization that all the efforts his child put have reaped tremendous benefits with a more attractive face and a confident smile his child had... Above 2 scenarios are not fictitious, but a very realistic ones which so many of us face in routine life. Getting the right advice about the need for braces from a good orthodontist is most important rather than depending on your dentist's evaluation of your child. As far as the right age for braces is concerned following points should be considered -1) All mouth habits such as thumb sucking, lip biting, nail biting, mouth breathing should be corrected as soon as they are detected. Good rule of thumb to follow is - correct habits before first permanent tooth erupts in mouth2) Certain problems such as adenoids and tonsils can alter a child's facial growth significantly and hence should be rectified conservatively / surgically as soon as these are detected3) Narrow arches which need palate expansion should be treated as early as 8-9 years of age4) Skeletal problems such as small lower jaw should be treated  early at 9-10 years of age5) Mild to moderate teeth alignment problems can wait till the age 11 when comprehensive orthodontic treatment should be started 6) Moderate to severe teeth alignment should be started as early as age 9 to give maximum utilization of child's growth potential to expand dental arches 7) Certain cases like cleft lip and palate require multi disciplinary help from Orthodontist, pedodontist, plastic surgeon, speech therapist etc. and involves step wise treatment right from birth to 18 - 20 years of age. 8) Age is not a bar for orthodontic treatment. Your teeth and jaws can be set right at any age. Adult orthodontic treatment even though is possible, has some limitations, is slightly difficult to carry out and may require surgical intervention along with braces. A good orthodontist knows his worth. He may be more expensive. He puts lot of effort in diagnosing and planning your case in correct way. He has skill sets to execute an ideal treatment plan with right orthodontic appliances and accessories. He uses quality orthodontic appliances which are costly. He is always working towards giving you the best possible and stable orthodontic result which is esthetically and functionally excellent. Orthodontics is a very exacting science. When done in the right way, it gives most satisfying outcomes which many a times are considered dramatic and miraculous. Find a good orthodontist for yourselves or for your child... After all your smile and your face is your future.... for the right future get the right smile... for the right smile, get the right orthodontist !!!  

What Are Orthodontic Braces?

Dr. Rajat Setia, Dentist
Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align, straighten and help to position tooth and/or teeth with regard to patients bite, while also working to improve the dental health.Types of Braces:1. Metal / Traditional bracesThese are the metal brackets and wires and the first thing that comes to mind of a patient on hearing the word braces. These are the least expensive type of braces available and the coloured bands give kids a chance to express themselves through a variety of colours. The major disadvantage of them is that they are the most noticeable type of braces.2. Ceramic bracesCeramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable. They are more expensive than metal braces and the brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well enough.3. Lingual bracesLingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth. Their biggest advantage is that they are invisible from the outside due to their placement but they are very difficult to clean, more expensive than the regular orthodontic treatment. Also, its regular adjustments take longer time and are more difficult than with traditional braces.4. AlignersThese are orthodontic aligners which consist of a series of custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every few weeks as per the requirement and treatment planned by the dentist. These aligners are almost invisible and the patients can eat and drink whatever they want, unlike the regular orthodontic treatment. The Major disadvantages of these aligners are that these will not work for serious dental problems and is a more expensive option than braces. Since they are mouth-guard like aligners can be easily lost.

Myobrace: An Alternative to Braces.

Dr. Varsha Daryanani, Dentist
Dear Parents,It seems that most of our children are developing crowded teeth and their jawline is settling the wrong way. Although these symptoms are evident from the age of 3, dentists usually recommend waiting until the child is old enough to treat with braces and possibly extractions.WHY MYOBRACE?Braces are an effective way to mechanically straighten teeth and most often parents accept this professional advice and hold off treatment until their child is around 12 to 14. This is because they are not aware of any other alternatives. Braces do not always solve the issue permanently as once they are removed; it is very possible that the teeth will almost relapse and crowd again, especially if the child does not wear their retainer. Crowded teeth do not just happen, they are a symptom as well as a warning sign that your child’s jaw and face are not developing correctly. With more than 25 years of extensive research, Myofunctional Research Co. (MRC) has proved why so many children have crowded teeth.The main culprits causing this are poor oral habits, such as mouth breathing and incorrect swallowing, combined with the forces of the tongue, cheeks and lips. In order to prevent more serious problems developing in later years these bad habits can and should be treated as early as possible. Early intervention also achieves results that are not possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.Based on this research, Dr. Varsha Daryanani at Crown Corner Family Dentistry uses a different approach to orthodontic treatment. MRC’s state of the art Myobrace appliances correct bad oral habits in growing children andimprove dental as well as facial development. This means orthodontic problems can be corrected much earlier than with traditional treatments and most often without the need for braces or extractions. Nurturing the child’s natural development using the Myobrace system also allows children to develop to their genetic potential.HOW DOES IT WORK?Crown Corner addresses orthodontic issues like these using innovative appliances rather than fixed braces, Here early treatment is encouraged.Traditional orthodontics is directed at moving teeth whereas the Myobrace treatment system uses a different principle where the oral environment is improved by eliminating the bad habits causing crooked teeth. By achieving this, not only are teeth aligned but there is better retention as well. Myobrace appliances are easily used and worn for one hour each day, during normal daily activity, and overnight. It improves the appearance of the whole face and the fun, interactive treatment encourages children to take responsibility for correcting their habits. Because of its high demand from parents due to it being a pain and stress free solution, Crown Corner is devoted to this form of treatment and focused on improved facial development.WHO WILL IT WORK FOR?The Myobrace System is suitable for a wide variety of orthodontic concerns, with a range of solutions available for most patients. It is designed to work most effectively for patients from three to fifteen years of age, and is most effective in early childhood while the child is still developing. The optimal patient age group is four to ten years of age.

10 Myths About Dental Braces Debunked!

Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Dentist
MYTH: Braces are painful and take two years or more for the desired result.FACT: After the adjustment period, like breaking in a new pair of shoes, braces are comfortable. Some may be worn for months, not years.MYTH: Braces are ugly, call attention to themselves and would be embarrassing in business settings.FACT: Today braces may be nearly invisible, made from clear plastic, or unseen, mounted on the back (lingual) side of the teeth.MYTH: Braces are for kids.FACT: One in five orthodontic patient is an adult.MYTH: I am too old for braces.FACT: No! Braces can improve a person's smile at any age, approx. 25% of orthodontic patients are adults.MYTH: Braces make it harder to keep your teeth clean.FACT: Braces are stain-resistant and easy to clean around. Hygienic solutions made specially for orthodontic patients are also widely available for optimum hygiene during treatment.MYTH: My braces will rust.FACT: Braces are made of rust free material.MYTH: Can I Play sports with bracesFACT: Yes you can as long as there a proper protective gear for contact sportsMYTH: Any dentist may join the Indian Orthodontic SocietyFACT: Only orthodontists may become members of the. Indian Orthodontic Society, so IOS certified orthodontist are best to get braces treatment done from.MYTH: My family dentist says he can straighten my teeth. FACT: Orthodontists receive more formal education than dentists to specialize in straightening teeth. Like dentists, orthodontists graduate from dental school. Then, to be an orthodontist, it takes an additional two to three academic years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists are dentistry’s specialists in straightening teeth and aligning jaws to create optimal function and form. Orthodontists only practice orthodontics.MYTH: It is easy to transfer or switch orthodontistsFACT: Each orthodontist has his or her own technique in treating each case. For example, in creating that beautiful smile, some orthodontists may focus on correcting a bite problem first, while other orthodontists may focus on straightening the teeth first. Sorting out the finances is another difficult part of switching orthodontists.

10 Common Myths About Braces

Dr. Adit Shah, Dentist
A lifetime of happy smiles starts by knowing what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to wearing braces. When new patients come to our office, they often have lots of questions – along with plenty of misconceptions about orthodontics. Read on as we dispel some common myths about braces.Myth: Braces have to hurt to work.Fact: It used to be true that wearing braces was often a painful process. But now thanks to improvements in the materials being used there is significantly less discomfort. Braces work better than ever without causing the patient pain.Myth: Braces have to be tight to work.Fact: It’s a common misconception that the tighter braces are the better they work and the faster they come off. The truth is that too much tightness is bad for your teeth and won’t fix alignment issues any faster.Myth: Braces wires need constant changing.Fact: Older orthodontic treatments required that wires be changed often. Thanks to the improved materials we use today, however, wires require only occasional changing.Myth: Braces are the only treatment for alignment issues.Fact: Braces are still the most common treatment, but alternatives are now available. Invisalign, for example, is quickly becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments because it delivers the benefits of braces while being nearly invisible. An orthodontist can help you explore your options.Myth: Braces start working immediately.Fact: The treatment begins working as soon as the braces go on, but the change is imperceptible for a while. In some cases new spaces even appear. By the time the braces come off though, the alignment issues do get resolved.Myth: Braces are a permanent solution.Fact: Alignment issues are caused by natural forces that affect patients throughout their lives. Retainers are often used at night to help people keep their teeth straight once the braces come off.Myth: The date for getting my braces removed is guaranteed.Fact: The duration of this orthodontic treatment is an estimation and a number of factors can prolong it. Your doctor can give you a reliable time frame, but no date is set in stone.Myth: Orthodontists are interchangeable.Fact: You are free to switch doctors whenever you choose but each one will handle orthodontic treatments a little differently. For the sake of your smile it’s best to commit to one and stick with them.

Invisalign- the Latest Invisible Braces

Dr. Milind Darda, Dentist
Do you want to straighten your teeth without the metal braces showing? Are you worried about the metallic smile while going through the braces (orthodontic) treatment? Here’s a solution to your problem:SMILE MAKE OVER WITH INVISIBLE BRACES- “COMFORTABLE, REMOVABLE AND VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE” – 3 THINGS THAT NORMAL BRACES ARE NOT!!WHAT ARE INVISIBLE BRACES?The Invisible Braces technique takes a modern approach towards straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created especially for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.There are neither any metal brackets to attach or any wires to tighten.HOW DO THEY WORK?Wearing aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into right place, based on the exact movements that we plan out for you. Just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.Clear aligners (Invisalign/clear path) mean you can keep your appearance attractive.Other people will hardly notice you are wearing a splint, because the CLEAR ALIGNER splint is transparent and smooth, without any screws or brackets. Even during the treatment, you will be able to talk and laugh without impediment because the transparent material means that the CLEAR ALIGNER splint is barely visible.Pleasantly smooth and comfortableThe Invisalign splint guarantees you a good, almost familiar feeling to your mouth. When you wear it, you will notice how pleasantly smooth and comfortable it is because it does not need screws or wires. When eating or cleaning your teeth or splint, you can simply take it out – quick and easy, whenever you like.TransparentThe CLEAR ALIGNER splint is clear and transparent; almost invisible You can talk and laugh without restrictions or impediment.ComfortableThe high-quality splint makes your mouth feel good. It is pleasantly smooth, with no screws or wires.RemovableYou can take the splint out at any time and put it in again quickly and easily, e.g. when eating or cleaning.HygienicYou can easily keep the CLEAR ALIGNER splint clean, e.g. using toothpaste and toothbrush. We also recommend the use of CETRON® cleaning powder.EffectiveThe splint treatment achieves optimal and accurate results in a short period of time.Case SelectionAs invisible braces can be put only in selected cases. it is necessary to have an appropriate discussion and investigations with your orthodontist prior to using invisible braces as a treatment option.- See more at: http://www.32smiles.in/smile-make-over-with-invisible-braces/#sthash.DfPKrjrv.dpuf

Goodbye Braces, Hello Clear Aligners?

Dr. Abdul Rashid, Dentist
You’ve been dreaming of well-aligned teeth, closing those gaps in between, getting rid of your buck tooth, or just to simply improve your smile, but confused on whether to go for traditional braces or to try the latest alternative today which are the clear aligners?Twenty years back, patients wanting to straighten their teeth have only one option and that is to have braces placed on their teeth. Today, several dental devices and appliances are available which gives patients the opportunity to decide (with the help of their dentist) their preferred orthodontic appliance. One of these latest innovations is the clear aligner system.Listed below are some of the major differences between braces and aligners to help guide you in making the appropriate choice. But first, here’s a short description of both:As you might already know, orthodontic treatment with traditional braces uses brackets (usually metal), wires, bands, and elastics to move the teeth in the ideal position in the jaws. The brackets are bonded to the teeth surfaces and wires are held in place by small elastic rings. Monthly reviews or adjustments are required for this type of treatment.Clear aligners are considered an alternative way to straighten the teeth. They are, on the other hand, transparent dental trays made of high grade plastic which are 3D printed with the help of a CAD CAM system. A series of aligners are fabricated using cutting-edge technology and each aligner is customized to fit in the patients’ teeth to gradually move each tooth until the desired outcome is achieved. 3-4 pairs of aligners are handed to the patient at a time and instructions are given on how to wear them.  It’s also important to note that some clear aligner brands use “attachments” or small bumps of composite resin attached to certain teeth all throughout the treatment time in order to aid the movements. Other brands however, don’t require these attachments and rely solely on the aligners’ material for tooth movements. Clear aligners, like braces, usually incorporate the use of elastics in correcting certain malalignments. Now, how do they compare in terms of effectiveness, aesthetics, comfort, dental hygiene relation, and cost?1. EffectivenessBelieve it or not, both braces and clear aligners require the compliance of the patient to fully achieve the targeted final result, more so for the aligners, because they are in fact, removable. The required wear time for one pair of clear aligners for it to produce results is 17-22 hours for 1-2 weeks before moving onto the next aligner in the series. A very determined and compliant patient is the best candidate for this type of appliance. It is also a known fact that clear aligners are not suitable for all cases, which commonly suggests that severe or complicated teeth malalignment cannot be predictably achieved with this treatment alone. 2. AestheticsClearly, the aligners are the winners here. Gone are the “metal mouths” often associated with the metal brackets and wires. The transparent aligners are hardly noticeable in the patient’s teeth. Thus, they are the more appealing choice for adults, especially for those whose jobs involve a lot of social interactions and for personalities appearing on T.V. or film. Since they are removable, patients can remove them when necessary. They don’t interfere in special occasions (i.e. weddings, photo shoots, etc.) Although, a certain type of brackets made of semi-transparent ceramic are offered by many dental clinics which are less obvious than the metal ones, they are still not comparable to the "invisible" property that clear aligners offer. 3. Comfort and SpeechBoth braces and clear aligners offer some degree of discomfort, varying from patient to patient. This usually happens in the initial stages of treatment as well as during the monthly adjustments for braces. Every new pair of aligner will feel tight for the first few days of use. Though in terms of how the braces and aligners feel inside the mouth, most patients would vouch that the smooth thin plastic of the aligners are more tolerable and easier to adapt to compared to the bulky brackets and poking wires which are common issues for braces wearers.Lisping is also a common thing to experience in the first few weeks of treatment for both treatment options. But as treatment progresses, the mouth adapts to these orthodontic appliances, just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, you get used to it after sometime.4. Effect on Dental HygieneYour dentist cannot emphasize enough the importance of good dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners have the advantage on this aspect as they are removable. Patients can easily brush and floss after every meal. Unlike with braces, patients get a tough time maneuvering in between the brackets and wires in order to brush all tooth surfaces. Flossing gets tricky as well while wearing braces. If you're serious about getting either braces or clear aligners, a reminder to live by is that dental hygiene should be impeccable during any orthodontic treatment, otherwise gum disease and other problems can arise which might lead to a worse teeth condition than before you started treatment.5. CostBraces are generally more affordable than the fabrication of clear aligners. But since both are considered long term treatments, different installment plans are often offered by dental offices which patients usually appreciate.Overall, there is no best orthodontic treatment in general. But there is one which is the most suitable for each individual patient. It’s always recommended that you talk freely and honestly with your orthodontist or dentist. All your concerns should be noted and with your dentist’s knowledge, he/she can devise the best treatment plan for you. 

Braces for Better Esthetics and Smile

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
Dental braces aren't just for adolescents and teens.An increasing number of adults are choosing braces to straighten their teeth. 1. Metal bracesThe most inexpensive type of braces for adults are the traditional, stainless steel versions. Obviously, the drawback to wearing these is how visible they are. Metal braces hold a thin wire in place with rubber bands to put pressure on the teeth and move them to the desired place.Metal braces can irritate gums and cheeks at first. Once you have them on, you have to watch what you eat, avoiding things that can stick to the braces, such as caramel or gum. You also have to avoid eating hard foods, which can move or dislodge the braces.2. Lingual bracesLingual braces are customized to bond and hide behind the teeth to remain out of sight. They cost more than metal or ceramic braces because the process is more complicated. They require a skillful orthodontist to install them, and not every orthodontist knows how to do it.Lingual braces don't work well on small teeth and get in the way of the tongue, potentially causing speech problems and injuries, so you have to learn and practice speaking with them on.3. Ceramic bracesCeramic braces cost more than stainless steel versions, but they're made to blend in with the teeth so they aren't as visible. You can choose between clear elastic ties or white metal ties to hold the braces in place.Though the braces themselves won't stain, the ties can easily discolor, especially if you consume foods or drinks that typically stain teeth, such as coffee. Your ORTHODONTIST will replace the ties every time he or she adjusts the braces, which is usually every month.Ceramic braces are more sensitive and can easily break or chip. They require more maintenance and more time to install than metal braces, which increases overall treatment time and cost.4. Invisible bracesInvisible braces, such as Invisalign, cost more than any other type of braces because they are practically invisible.These braces work best for people who don't have significant teeth problems. The advantages: they're less noticeable than traditional braces and often require less frequent visits to the dentist.