Types Of Brackets For Metal Braces
When it comes to the appearance of your braces, it may surprise you to learn there are many styles of brackets that can be selected from, each with a different look due to the materials used in their construction. In addition to the standard metal brackets that are the most common type for braces, there are several other types your orthodontist may offer if you prefer a less noticeable appearance. Let’s explore each of these types of brackets in a bit more detail.
Stainless Steel – The standard material used in the brackets, bands, and wires of metal braces, as well as in many other dental tools and equipment, is stainless steel. Stainless steel is strong, durable, corrosion-resistant, and affordable, making it an ideal material for a wide array of orthodontic treatment applications. The ability for stainless steel arch wires to be shaped into virtually any configuration, and still retain the inherent strength and stability to perform the necessary function.
Titanium-Nickel & Cobalt-Chromium – In recent years, advanced metal alloys have become increasingly common in place of traditional stainless steel for use in orthodontic appliances such as brackets, bands, and arch wires. Alloys such as titanium-nickel and cobalt-chromium are similar to stainless steel in terms of appearance, however the physical properties of these alloys offer distinct advantages. For example, they have the benefits of higher strength-to-weight ratios and reduced static and kinetic friction properties when compared to stainless steel, which studies have shown to provide higher comfort levels for patients.