What To Consider When Choosing Braces

What To Consider When Choosing Braces
Posted on 07/25/2019
Oubre Orthodontics patient choosing between braces & Invisalign treatment

Orthodontic technology has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. Straightening your teeth is not only possible, but there are multiple options available to fit your specific needs. Metal bracesInvisalignceramic braces, and Incognito braces, are the major options for teeth straightening and are offered at our Lafayette LA orthodontic office. Each offers specific benefits and patients must research and consult with their orthodontist to choose the best option for them. Below, we will give some information on each option in the hopes of beginning your journey to the smile that you want.

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces have been around for decades and they are still a very dependable and efficient fix for crooked teeth. They use metal wires to guide the teeth to become more straight.  They are a little more noticeable than other options, though they have been streamlined significantly over the year and have proven to be very effective. Usually, our Lafayette orthodontist will recommend metal braces if the patient requires extensive realignment. In these cases, metal braces are still the most effective treatment. Metal braces are a very effective, economical, choice to straighten teeth. The possible downsides of the metal braces are they are the most noticeable orthodontic option especially compared to other appliances. They also restrict what the patient can eat, require special dental hygiene procedures and more frequent treatment from an orthodontist. 


This treatment has gained popularity, especially among adults, because it is both discreet and effective. These clear, plastic, aligners, are custom designed to fit your teeth. You replace them every few weeks with a new aligner and each successive treatment brings your teeth closer together until you reach desired results. The Invisalign aligners can be taken out to eat, but are usually required to be worn most hours of the day. They also do not require as many orthodontist visits as other options. On the other hand, since they are removable it can be easy to lose them or forget to put them back in. This will decrease their effectiveness and is especially a concern for younger patients. Invisalign teen is a great option for younger patients as they have a reminder system to help keep teens on track with treatment.

Ceramic Braces

These braces use the same principles as traditional metal braces. The difference is that they use tooth-colored brackets and hardware instead of metal. This makes them almost unnoticeable to others. Ceramic braces, like metal braces, require the patient to restrict their eating and modify their oral hygiene practices. Additionally, the brackets are more susceptible to staining, which can make them more noticeable. 

Incognito Braces

These braces also act according to the same principle as traditional metal braces, but instead of being placed on the front of the teeth, they are placed on the back. This makes them virtually invisible to everyone else, but have the strength and durability of traditional braces. Alternatively, some patients report tongue irritation and speech changes due to the braces coming into contact with the tongue. Though the braces are made to have a lower profile, these problems can still occur. They may also be more difficult to keep clean. 

Contact Your Lafayette, LA Orthodontist

Choosing the right orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one is a very important decision. Fortunately, patients have more options than ever. With these options, comes the decision; what kind of braces are right for you? Discussing your options with our professional team and orthodontists at Oubre Orthodontics can give you insight into the best choice for your situation. Please feel free to contact us at (337) 988-2025 for any questions you may have or to book an appointment today!

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