All About Braces

Braces can be more effective at treating certain types of overcrowding or other bite issues than other orthodontic treatments. Not only are today’s braces smaller and more comfortable than ever before, but there is also an option for ceramic brackets which are clear! And of course, if you choose traditional braces, you get to choose different colors for the rubber bands that fit around your braces!

3 Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are a system of metal brackets bonded to the teeth using a special dental adhesive. Those brackets are then linked with wires to gently move the patient’s teeth into their intended positions over a period from 6 to 24 months, depending on each patient’s treatment plan. These braces are tied with silver or more colorful elastic ties, which can make an individual fashion statement for a more fun time in braces. Today’s braces are smaller, less noticeable, and easier to brush around than braces of the past. Braces can be a great choice for any age!

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating braces, also known as Damon Braces, look similar to traditional braces. There are brackets on each tooth and a wire to link them together. However, where traditional braces use elastics to hold the wire in place, self-ligating braces use a clip to hold the wire together making them a little subtler. These require less visits and it works faster. This is a great option for a busy lifestyle! If these are suggested for your particular situation, we will review this with you.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, or clear braces, use clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your teeth. This makes having braces less noticeable. Ceramic braces use the same method to straighten teeth as traditional braces. This is a good option for older teens and adults who do not want to wear traditional wire braces.