The most common type of braces are made of metal, silver in colour are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, they should always be shiny and never stain from the foods you eat. Together the metal brackets and archwires straighten your teeth. You do have the option of adding coloured elastics to your metal braces, which ups the fun factor, creating a more unique and colourful smile.
Our self-ligating braces are also made from stainless steel metal, however they do not require the use of elastics to hold the archwire in place. Self-ligating braces are about the same size as metal braces, and have a specialized clip or gate that holds the archwire into place. This reduces the amount of pressure being placed on the teeth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.
Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Clear aligners are great for patients requiring minor orthodontic treatment.
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and your orthodontist will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.
By talking to your orthodontist, you can decide if clear or ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. Your orthodontist can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment today.
An alternative way to straighten your teeth, like braces can, is through the use of a series of clear, removable acrylic trays. The benefits are not only that they are invisible, but that they are removable! This means you can continue eating and drinking what you want while in treatment, plus it makes brushing and flossing easier.
The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. Made with a strong plastic material, aligners are changed at home as directed by the Orthodontist. Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.
If you are a candidate, aligners offer a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners.
Schedule an appointment to talk to your Orthodontist about whether clear aligners are the right treatment for you.