Types of Braces

San Jose orthodontics by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. offers dental braces, also known as orthodontic brackets, are common among teenagers and even adults. Dental braces can be used to adjust crooked teeth, misaligned upper and lower jaw, and uneven bites, including overbites and underbites. While most dentists can provide braces if requested, a specialist, known as an orthodontist, is usually more qualified to decide which braces are the best in a particular situation. There are many types of braces now available, including:

Metal dental braces. The oldest type, in use for decades, is made of stainless steel. While they are still expensive at about $5000 US Dollars (USD), they are still considered the cheapest of all options. Metal dental braces can stain the surface of the teeth, which is why many people shy away from them in the first place.

Ceramic or clear dental braces. They are less visible and look more natural than metal braces, as they blend in with the teeth. Ceramic dental braces do not stain and are as strong as metal ones. However, ceramic braces require a longer treatment time and can be a good deal more expensive than the metal variety.

Gold dental braces. Same as traditional metal dental braces, but made of gold-plated steel. There are no advantages to using gold over steel, except for the cosmetic appeal.

Lingual dental braces. Lingual dental braces are placed on the inside of the teeth. They are the preferred option for people who want their braces to be truly invisible. The biggest drawback of lingual braces is that they can be uncomfortable and result in cuts and sores in your tongue. Speaking can be difficult at first too.

Invisalign® dental braces. These clear braces offered by San Jose orthodontists by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. are a great choice for people with slight problems. Invisalign® braces are practically invisible and can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth. Invisalign® braces are computer-designed and must be changed every two weeks since they are made of clear plastic and cannot be adjusted. On the downside, Invisalign® braces tend to be rather expensive, and not every dentist is trained to use them. In fact, orthodontists must be trained by Align Technologies, the company that manufactures Invisalign, before they are allowed to use them on patients.