Types of Dental Braces that Work for You

Everyone feels the same way about misaligned teeth – it sucks. Not only can it make you feel conscious about your appearance, but it can also cause you pain and discomfort in your jaw, teeth, and mouth. Luckily, proper teeth alignment is now made easier and achievable for you – thanks to different types of dental braces

For sure, many of us have already heard about dental braces. You may probably know someone who underwent or is currently in dental braces treatment

Braces are dental tools composed of small brackets that are connected through wires and placed on your teeth. Braces gently put pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into their desired and proper position. 

Braces are an effective device that fixes dental problems, correct jaw function, and improve your appearance. Dental problems that braces fix include:

  • Teeth crowding
  • Wide dental gaps
  • Various bite problems such as open bite, crossbite, underbite, and overbite

How Dental Braces Work?

Braces work by applying constant pressure to your teeth during the duration of your treatment. This pressure will slowly move your teeth into their proper and desired position. 

The bony socket under each of your teeth moves and adapts to its new position too because of the constant pressure being applied. 

Most people who have dental braces experience inflammation in their gums, right? 

This is our body’s immune response to heal wounds and injuries. This inflammation allows certain biochemical processes necessary for teeth moving and adjusting to take place. 

What are the types of dental braces?

Planning on getting dental braces? Lucky for you, numerous types of braces are available for you. 

Metal Braces

This is the traditional and most common type of braces. Usually made of stainless steel or titanium, metal braces use metal brackets that are connected through metal wires and fixed on your teeth. Rubber bands may be also included to create more pressure and move your teeth. 

Metal braces are cost-effective types of braces – the least expensive yet effective. However, metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces and can cause you pain and discomfort.

Ceramic Braces

Want a dental brace that is the same color as your natural teeth? Ceramic braces are the one for you. 

Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces in terms of size, shapes, how they work, and duration of treatment. The only difference is that the brackets in this are ceramic-made that mimics the color of your teeth.

Ceramic braces are preferred by some over metal braces since these are less noticeable. However, they can be easily stained when neglected and can be changed only on your next dental visit.


Self-Ligating Braces

This is also very similar to metal braces; except that it uses metal brackets with built-in clips to hold the wire of the brace in place instead of the ligatures or colored elastic band. 

It moves and slowly adjusts your teeth on its own; thus fewer visits to your dentist. This is much easier to clean too. However, this is also expensive and noticeable like metal braces.


Lingual-type Braces

Now, if you want dental braces that are harder to see and notice, you may want to consider lingual-type braces. 

The brackets in lingual-type braces are attached to the back part of your teeth. They work the same as metal and ceramic braces. 

However, these are the most expensive type of braces which requires an orthodontist’s expertise. These are also difficult to clean, making you prone to dental plaque, and can cause discomfort on your tongue. 


Clear Aligner Braces

The four types of braces mentioned above are all fixed braces – meaning only your dentist can remove and adjust them. Most people experience a certain amount of pain and discomfort with fixed braces. 

Now there are removable braces that will give you much comfort and flexibility you need. These are clear aligner braces that are becoming a popular treatment option to fix various dental problems.

Clear aligners use a series of transparent custom-made trays that allow the movement of teeth to their desired position. These are made from plastic materials which are smoother and more comfortable in the mouth. 

Clear aligner braces are clear and almost invisible. You don’t need to worry about changes in your appearance. You can confidently and freely flash your smile. 

Also, they are removable. You can get your teeth straightened without having to worry about what food to eat. Cleaning your teeth will also be easier. You are less prone to plaque accumulation and gingivitis. 

Now when it comes to clear aligner braces, many dental clinics offer their service but only a few study your case, and the features of your face – ensuring that you get the smile that you deserve and unique only to you.

Meet ALINA Invisible Braces

ALINA Invisible Braces is one of the fastest-growing, trusted, and convenient providers of clear aligners here in the Philippines. 

With almost 30 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, ALINA studies your facial features extensively and uses the latest dental scanning technology – making sure that your teeth are properly aligned and you have the one-of-a-kind perfect smile. 

Orthodontists at ALINA are experts and friendly too! Their focus is to make sure that you are confident flashing that beautiful smile of yours. 

ALINA will also give you the smile you deserve at your convenience. 3D scanning of your teeth can be done at your home. Your aligner trays will be shipped right to your door. 

To learn more, book an online consultation with ALINA. Just visit this link and get your perfect smile journey started.  You can also try our Smile Simulation and see what your ALINA smile could look like.

The ALINA Promise

We guarantee the quality work and support in your journey to your perfect smile. If at any time during your treatment that you’ll need adjustments, we’ll be there to help you get back on track.




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