Your One-Stop Guide to Cosmetic Braces

Your One-Stop Guide to Cosmetic Braces

Posted by HEALTHY SMILES OF BIRMINGHAM on Apr 15 2021, 08:29 AM

Cosmetic braces are built to fix alignment and bite issues in adults who have never had braces in their early life and only require minor corrections. They are becoming an increasingly common option these days due to their advantages over traditional, orthodontic braces. 

In this blog, we will take a look at who cosmetic braces are for and what their advantages are.

Who Are Cosmetic Braces Suitable For?

Cosmetic braces are the best option for people who don’t want to use traditional, metal braces. They are made of translucent materials such as ceramic and offer patients a better and more discreet option to choose from. 

There are two types of cosmetic braces:

  • Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are much like traditional braces as far as their form and function are concerned. They are fixed for a predetermined period of time by your orthodontist. The main difference between traditional braces and fixed cosmetic braces is that they are made of ceramic or similar materials instead of metal.

  • Removable Braces

As the name suggests, removable braces allow you the option to wear or remove them whenever you need to, while still following your dentist’s recommendation on how long you should wear them each day. 

What Are the Advantages of Cosmetic Braces?

Here are a few of the advantages offered by cosmetic braces: 

  • They are practically invisible
  • They line up crooked teeth and eliminate gaps
  • They fix minor bite issues 
  • They are cost-effective

How Long Does One Have to Wear Cosmetic Braces?

Traditional fixed braces need to be worn for at least 12 months and up to 24 months (in some cases) while removable braces need to be worn anywhere between 6 months to 18 months. The exact time frame will be determined by your dentist once they make a thorough assessment of your corrective needs.

Cosmetic braces are becoming a very popular option for adults with bite or tooth alignment issues. If you’re looking to find a solution to similar concerns, our dental experts at Healthy Smiles of Birmingham will be glad to help you find the most suitable option. 

To get in touch, call (205) 991-9535, book an appointment online, or visit us at 100 Heatherbrooke Park Dr Suite A, Birmingham, AL 35242. 


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