Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances—and for good reason—they’re a proven, affordable, and time-tested way of aligning a patient’s teeth. Generally made with high-grade stainless steel, metal braces consist of small metal brackets that are cemented to the front surfaces of the teeth. A thin, metal wire – referred to as an archwire – runs through the brackets and puts pressure on them. Because the brackets are fastened to a patient’s teeth, the archwire will cause the teeth to gradually move. This process will actually reposition the teeth into a better spot. Over time, the teeth will follow the shape of the archwire. This archwire can be fixed to the brackets using metal ties, flexible elastics, or other types of clasps.

While metal braces will eventually give you a great, new smile, you’ll have to put in a little extra work to get yourself to that point. We recommend doing the following to help ensure a successful orthodontic treatment:

 

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Clear Brackets
Invisible Aligners
Invisible Aligners

Ceramic braces offer a far more discreet appearance during orthodontic treatment due to the brackets being made of a translucent ceramic material. This material blends into the tooth’s natural color, making this type of braces a favorite for adults and those who don’t want to be seen in traditional braces.

Unlike metal braces that utilize metal brackets, clear braces use translucent ceramic brackets that will blend into the natural tooth color of a patient’s teeth. This makes the brackets – and the braces as a whole – much more difficult to notice. One of the other great things about clear braces is that despite being a bit less durable than metal braces, it’s still essentially the exact same treatment and process. Clear braces have become an absolute favorite for adults and others who want to maintain a more professional or more aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

 

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Lingual Brackets

The most common reason we hear from patients as to why they put off – or even avoid – a needed orthodontic treatment is because they’re worried about what braces will do to their appearance. Many adults are worried that they’ll lose their professional appearance and look less attractive when braces are applied.

However, lingual braces fixes all of that! While lingual braces may offer a similar treatment and follow a similar process, the difference between lingual braces and traditional braces is that the braces are actually applied on the back of the patient’s teeth instead of the front. When the braces are placed behind the teeth (known as the lingual side), others won’t have any idea that you’re wearing braces! Lingual braces may take some time to get used to and they may not be suitable in complex orthodontic cases, but they really are a form of invisible braces treatment for those who choose them.

 

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