Compared: Removable or Fixed Braces

Today, orthodontic patients have more choice than ever before. If you’re considering braces, you may have a number of different options available to you, including fixed and removable braces. Here is a guide to tell you more, and help you choose which brace is best for you.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are braces that are secured either onto the front or back of the teeth (these braces are known as lingual braces). Once the braces are in place, they can only be removed by your dentist. Fixed braces are usually made from metal and ceramics. You can get clear fixed braces, as well as lingual braces, which sit behind the teeth. Today’s braces are much more discreet than the fixed braces of old. The main advantage of fixed braces is that they are guaranteed to work. The parts of the brace work together to apply pressure to the teeth, which causes them to move. With a removable brace, the success of treatment is dependent on the patient wearing their brace according to their dentist’s advice. The treatment process for fixed braces is straightforward, and they are suitable for almost all patients. If you have complex orthodontic issues, you may find that removable braces are not suitable. Popular fixed brace treatments include Six Month Smiles.

Removable braces

Removable braces, as you can probably guess from the name, can be removed by the patient. They are generally considered to be more convenient, and they enable you to continue eating and cleaning your teeth as normal. Some people prefer the freedom a removable brace gives them, but it is essential to make sure that you were your braces for at least 21 hours a day. Some removable braces, like Invisalign, are virtually invisible, but not all of them are transparent. The Inman Aligner, for example, contains delicate parts, which are visible; however, the brace is much more discreet than a traditional fixed metal brace, and treatment time is just 16 weeks. Removable braces may be a better option if you have minor or moderate issues, as they usually work faster, but they can only achieve a limited amount of movement.