Braces use constant, gentle pressure, applied to your teeth over time, to move them into proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. While braces are available in a variety of styles, including metal, plastic and ceramic, they all have the same goal: To correctly align your teeth and jaws for enhanced aesthetic appeal and for better oral health.
Different Types of Braces
Metal braces are popular with children and teens, and are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. They love using different colors of ligature ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before. Traditional metal braces feature two main components: the brackets that are placed on each tooth and the arch wire that is threaded through them. As the wire applies pressure to one side of the tooth, the jawbone on the other side gives way. This causes the tooth to move and new bone to grow behind it. Elastics (rubber bands) are used in conjunction with braces, exerting a constant force to move teeth. Elastics must be worn at all times and changed every day in order to maintain the proper force.
Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile.
Lingual braces work just like traditional metal braces, but are placed behind teeth instead of on the front. This allows them to be completely hidden, so no one knows that you are wearing them. Typically, anyone who could have traditional metal braces is also a good candidate for lingual braces.
Translucent Clear Braces/ Invisalign
Clear braces are a popular choice for adults and teens that would like a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Options include clear aligners such as Invisalign® and clear polycarbonate braces, which use tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires instead for a nearly invisible look.
Passive Frictionless System Braces – Also called “self-ligating”, these braces do not require elastics or ties, but instead use free-sliding technology to reduce pressure, friction, and treatment time for the patient.
If you are interested in enhancing your smile, call us to find out about the many orthodontic options that we offer!