Type of Orthodontic appliances, know and check which is the best for you treatment

An aligned and harmonious smile is the great desire of many people, including the proper positioning of the teeth transcends the aesthetic benefits, providing more oral health and quality of life.


Dentistry has evolved a lot in terms of resources to correct the position of the dental arch. The devices are increasingly discreet, comfortable and with quick results. Just as there are several types of dental problems related to the disposition of teeth, there are also several treatments with different types of orthodontic appliances, each one corresponding to a purpose, treatment period, including us at Odontologia Navarro we take into account the preferences of the patient. More modern versions, which can even make the treatment not apparent, have been falling in taste, especially for adults who consider the most common devices somewhat embarrassing. You can check these and other types of orthodontic appliances below, as well as their main characteristics, differences and purposes.

Fixed metal appliance The most common among orthodontic treatments, the fixed metallic appliance consists of wires, bands and brachettes. The wire is attached to each bracket using colored erasers, which contribute to the activation of tooth movement. These must be changed every 25 days at the most.

Treatment with fixed metal braces is indicated for almost all types of dental misalignment. Its great advantage is the value, more accessible than the other models, and also the result, since it guarantees effective changes in the arcade. As a negative point, this type of device can be more uncomfortable, both aesthetically and physically, as it causes some irritations in the mouth and mucous membranes. Another important detail about the fixed metal appliance is that it requires more stringent hygiene and maintenance care.


Transparent fixed device (Aesthetic) Much discretion in the treatment and without aesthetic disorders is what the transparent fixed appliance, also known as an aesthetic appliance, promises. With transparent braces or in the color of teeth, this type of device is almost imperceptible and is one of the treatments most requested by adults. The fixed aesthetic device can come in three materials: polycarbonate, porcelain and sapphire. Another important detail about the fixed metal appliance is that it requires more stringent hygiene and maintenance care Transparent fixed device (Aesthetic) Much discretion in the treatment and without aesthetic disorders is what the transparent fixed appliance, also known as an aesthetic appliance, promises. With transparent braces or in the color of teeth, this type of device is almost imperceptible and is one of the treatments most requested by adults.

The fixed aesthetic device can come in three materials: polycarbonate, porcelain and sapphire. Polycarbonate: This version is the oldest among aesthetic devices. It has larger and less resistant rackets than the other models. As well as metallic fixtures, they also need erasers, which are used in the specific color, in order to make their use less noticeable. Porcelain: The great advantage of this material over polycarbonate is that in addition to being more resistant, it does not change color over time, keeping the description and appearance more pleasant during treatment. On the other hand, they are more expensive.


Sapphire: The sapphire device is undoubtedly the most transparent among aesthetic models. It is made of monocrystalline porcelain, which resembles glass, perfectly merging the color of the teeth. Another advantage of this version is that its cleaning is more practical, however, it usually has a very high value. Self-connected device Dispensing the use of the annoying erasers, facilitating hygiene and use, the self-ligating device makes the treatment a little more agile. In this model, the barquets function as a kind of loop, which supports the thread without the need for the intervention of rubber bands. It usually comes in metallic, porcelain or polycarbonate compositions, however its more delicate structure does not compromise the smile’s aesthetics as in the case of fixed metals.

Another benefit of this self-ligating device is the ease of cleaning, since without the erasers, in addition to not staining your teeth, the use of the brush and wire is even more comprehensive. Aligners Bringing more modernity and technology to orthodontic treatments, the invisible aligners are removable versions which greatly facilitate their use, especially in the case of social events and meetings. They are developed using software in a personalized way according to the dental arch of each patient. All movement of the tooth during treatment is provided by the program, as well as the aligners for each step that will be used during the process. In view of this, the patient can take home the aligners and use them in the period prescribed by the orthodontist.


As they are removable, feeding and cleaning become easier, however, their daily use must be controlled, reaching an average of 22 hours. Indicated from simple treatments of misalignment to cases of greater complexity, this device guarantees a lot of comfort and a quick result, however, its value is higher than the others. Now that you know the most common treatments for aligning teeth and types of orthodontic appliances, schedule an evaluation appointment at Clínica Odontológica Navarro in São Paulo at Itaim Bibi. Whatever your oral discomfort, there is an ideal treatment for you, which values the safety and quality of care. In addition to guaranteeing the best methods for harmonizing your smile, you have specialized professionals and over 40 years of experience and tradition.

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