Types of Braces
With regular technological changes that take place in orthodontics, patients have more ways to correct bite problems than ever. Although metal braces are still the most widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular. Clear aligners such as Invisalign can be a great alternative to brackets for many patients.
Ceramic braces are made of porcelain. They are popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal, yet they function just as effectively as metal brackets.
Metal braces are the most common type because they are durable and because kids and teens often want to be able to accessorize the color of their braces. The brackets we use are smaller, more comfortable and less noticeable than in years past.
The braces we use in our office are all self-ligating. That means they have a sliding door that holds the wire in place and allows the wire to move more freely within the brackets. This results in improved patient comfort and treatment efficiency – no more “tying in and tightening” like was done with traditional brackets. Self-ligating braces can help to maintain good oral hygiene. They also reduce the number of unexpected treatment setbacks due to loose wires or lost colored elastic ties.
Clear Aligners (such as Invisalign)
Clear aligners move teeth without having to have braces physically attached to your teeth. They are fabricated digitally. Because aligners are typically not as robust as braces, the may not effectively correct all bite problems. If you would like to use aligners to correct your smile, just let us know!