Train track braces are your traditional, run of the mill braces. They are unsightly, made of metal, and maybe more difficult to clean than specialty braces or removable appliances, but they have certain upsides as well. They are often maligned in an attempt to get people to buy more expensive braces, but, as with most things in life there are upsides and downsides as well. In this article, I wish to shed some light on the realities of this type of brace.
Traditional braces have the advantage of being able to cure any malocclusion at all. No other form of brace can be prescribed for certain very severe malocclusions, and this brace is the only one that can support headgear. They are also much cheaper than any other variety of braces, which is also a tantalizing fact as orthodontics usually cost well into the thousands. Train track braces are also available at any orthodontic establishment, while many specialty braces require special training. Train track braces can be administered by any and all qualified orthodontists.
The most notable downside to train track braces is that they are not a look everyone might enjoy. They are noticeable even from a distance, and may make you self conscious when you smile. Train track braces are also harder to clean, and patients wearing them are at a heightened risk for tooth decay and irritation. Other downsides are common to all forms of fixed braces. They can scratch or cut tongue or gums, or cause irritation to the mucous membranes in your mouth. Braces can in some cases induce a speech impediment, and although it usually subsides after a few days some patients will experience the speech impediment until the braces are removed.
These are the basic, at a glance ups and downs of having train track braces. This short description does not contain a full list of positive or negative effects, and should be taken for what it is, an at a glance overview of the most common and typical pros and cons.