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With So Many Other Options, Are Traditional Braces Still Necessary?

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You live in a world with aligners, accelerated orthodontics, and various other new ways of straightening teeth. It seems as if orthodontic appliances have moved far beyond the need for traditional braces. Yet, traditional braces prevail. But are normal braces still necessary?

Defining "Normal" Braces

What comes to mind when you hear the word "braces?" Most people think of the traditional metal brackets stretching across someone's teeth. However, there are various kinds of braces, all of which fall under the category of traditional braces.

Wire and metal – These are the kind that most people associate with traditional braces. They're also the most noticeable when in place.

Ceramic – These braces are like wire braces but have tooth-colored brackets, which allow them to blend in with teeth. These types of braces are often called invisible or clear braces.

Lingual braces – These are the same as wire and metal braces, but they're placed behind the teeth, not in front of them.

There are also many techniques that involve how the archwire is placed and manipulated. Altogether, there are numerous combinations when it comes to braces.

Defining "Necessary"

For many, the straightening of teeth is mostly cosmetic. For some others though, a bad bite or other dental ailment requires braces for effective treatment. This is the point that separates traditional braces from other types of orthopedic appliances.

Alternative methods  take into account an adult's lifestyle and cosmetic concerns. They do not take into account dental ailments. Braces, or fixed appliances, can deal with severe issues. Appliances concerned with cosmetics aren't designed to deal with dramatic tooth movement, especially when it concerns the back teeth.

If you're seeking straighter teeth, and you only have mild to moderate bite issues, then you can choose whichever method you want.  Those alternatives to braces can straighten your teeth, especially the front ones, without you needing wires. If you have a larger bite issue, then braces are a necessity and not an option.

Find The Method that Works Best for You

Braces are necessary in some situations, but that doesn't mean that you need them for your specific bite issues. And even if you do need braces, they too come in a variety of styles and configurations.

No matter the case, you should speak to your dentist about which options may work best for you. Your dentist can better tell you how each option will look on your teeth. He or she will also help you learn more and understand why one option may work better for you than another.