Dental braces have come a long way since they were invented in the 1800’s. We believe orthodontics (for many people) are a vital part of their overall oral health. Our orthodontist will provide you with the best treatment available.
Braces are used for more than just esthetics. Braces are also used for proper occlusion and function and disease prevention including decay and gum disease. Currently, the most popular types of braces include:
- Metal Braces – These are traditional braces most often seen on children and teenagers. Metal braces are the most affordable and use a system of brackets and wires to move the teeth over time.
- Ceramic Braces – These braces work like traditional metal braces, except that the brackets bonded to the teeth are made of ceramic. This helps prevent staining, and they can also be color-matched to blend with the teeth.
- ClearCorrect– Braces are the standard for orthodontic correction, but few adults want to wear a mouthful of metal for a year or more while teeth are moved into better alignment. ClearCorrect addresses this problem by offering a discreet alternative to metal braces. With ClearCorrect treatment, there are no brackets and wires. Instead, you’ll receive a customized set of clear aligners that you’ll wear for at least 22 hours every day. The aligners will straighten the teeth little by little over the course of several months or years until you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Did you know…
that you do not have to have crooked teeth to benefit from braces? Even patients with a little bit of crowding can benefit from orthodontic treatment. When the teeth are properly aligned, patients can better clean between the teeth, preventing decay and gum disease. Furthermore, teeth that are optimally aligned can help remedy malocclusion complications, such as headaches.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need braces?
Only you and your dentist can determine whether braces are right for you. However, chances are you could benefit from treatment if your teeth are crooked, overlapping or protruding. Schedule an appointment with us today to meet our orthodontist for more information.
What should I expect while I have braces?
You will have certain dietary restrictions with most types of braces except ClearCorrect. Some foods, such as hard, sticky and chewy foods, can have an adverse effect on braces and damage the brackets and wires. You will also need to make frequent office visits to have wires tightened. If you have ClearCorrect, there are no dietary restrictions, as the orthodontic trays are fully removable when eating. You’ll also be able to switch to a new ClearCorrect tray every few weeks without visiting your dentist.
What happens when my orthodontic treatment is complete?
When you have completed your treatment, you will have your braces removed and be given a retainer. The retainer must be worn at all times initially to help preserve the new placement of your teeth. As time progresses, you may be able to begin wearing your retainer only at night.