Most people choose to undergo orthodontic care because they want to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. If you are interested in improving your smile, braces will help improve your look and feel.
At the completion of your treatment, you will achieve the smile of your dream and be confident once again. We want to ensure that you are confident and comfortable throughout your orthodontic experience, so our practice is committed to providing you with the best care available.
How does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Orthodontic appliances are made of plastic, ceramic, or metal. Some are bracket bonded to the teeth while some can be removed. By exerting a gentle force in a well-controlled direction, Braces can help move teeth to the correct position.
The days when a metal band with a bracket used to be placed around each tooth are long gone. Now you can select metallic or clear brackets, pick the color of your device. Wires are not easily noticed, and the latest materials are produced to quickly and comfortably move teeth. Today, braces can be ideal for any age!
Duration of Treatment
Depending on factors like age, method of treatment, and severity of your case, treatment duration can last anywhere between one and three years. Also, for children who receive early treatment or interceptive, it can help shorten the duration of treatment in the future. Whether a treatment is going to be successful or not depends on you, the patient! When you get more involved, your treatment becomes more efficient and quicker.
Before the commencement of your orthodontic tretment, your doctor will reveal the available treatment options to you and the duration of each method. To learn more about orthodontics and our treatment options please get in touch with our practice to schedule an appointment.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces tend to be very common and more comfortable these days. It is produced from high-grade stainless steel and consists of metal braces that use archwires and metal brackets to straighten your teeth. Metal braces allow you to add colored rubber bands to give a more attractive smile.
These particular braces are produced from the same materials as traditional braces. Self-ligating braces, however, do not need elastics, which means the tooth experiences less friction and the patient makes fewer appointments. Self-ligating braces consist of traditional metal, clear or ceramic brackets. They have the same size as metal braces, but make use of specialized clip instead of elastics with which the archwire guides teeth into position. The clip reduces the amount of pressure the tooth receives, and fewer adjustments are required since you don’t have to replace any elastic.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are produced from clear materials, making them less visible on the teeth than metal braces. This is why ceramic braces are only mainly used on adult and older teenage patients with cosmetic issues. While they are not the most visible, they require that you dedicate more attention to oral hygiene as these braces are brittle and often larger than metal braces. Therefore, ceramic braces are often used more on upper front teeth.
These refer to a series of comfortable, removable, invisible acrylic trays used in straightening the teeth like braces. The aligners are not only invisible, they can be removed, so you can eat whatever you like during treatment, plus flossing and brushing wouldn’t be an issue. The aligners offer comfort and they do not possess metal that can cause abrasions during treatment.
Gold braces are just like traditional metal braces. Gold braces also consist of stainless steel but they are gold-plated. The coating is seen as a more cosmetic solution than traditional metal braces. And surprisingly, the cost of gold can be compared to most clear braces.
Lingual braces are not visible when you smile as they are concealed behind the teeth. These braces are fully customized to imitate the shape of your teeth and the metal appliances are customized for you. Lingual braces are a great option for instrumentalists, actors/actresses, athletes, models and adult professionals.