Teeth Braces

Straightening your teeth with braces can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem while improving the health of your teeth and gums.

Wearing braces is an important part of treatment for the vast majority of orthodontic patients. Some examples of these appliances are traditional metal braces, inconspicuous clear or tooth-colored braces, and clear aligners — a relatively new option for adults and teens. Orthodontic patients now have more options than ever.

Metal braces / Traditional braces

Traditional metal braces, which are typically made of high-grade stainless steel, remain the most common type of fixed braces by far. These braces consist of metal bands that wrap around the back molars, small metal brackets that are cemented to the front of teeth and a thin metal wire that gently guides teeth into proper position.

Metal braces continue to be the most commonly used option because they are reliable, effective and economical. Fortunately, in contrast to the appliances of the past, today’s braces are actually smaller, lighter and more comfortable. For a less traditional look, patients can even select colorful elastics.

Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces, a newer variation on the traditional system, provide a far less noticeable treatment option. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth’s natural color. This less conspicuous system has become a favorite for adults.

Although the aesthetic appeal of ceramic braces is undeniable, there are a few tradeoffs. Ceramic brackets can be less durable and can become more noticeable if the elastic bands around the brackets stain. (Elastic bands are generally changed every month.) Ceramic braces are also more expensive than metal braces, but for many people the benefit of having inconspicuous braces outweighs the increased cost.

Lingual Braces  

The most “invisible” type of fixed braces, lingual braces work the same way that metal braces do, but they are placed on the tongue-side of the teeth. Significantly more expensive than standard braces, lingual braces generally require more time to get used to and they may prolong treatment. But if you're a candidate for this treatment option and you want the least visible type of fixed braces, then lingual braces may be perfect for you.

Removable Aligners

Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly; each one moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position.

Whether fixed or removable, each type of appliance may have advantages or disadvantages in particular situations. After a complete examination, the best treatment options for you will be discussed.

Teeth Braces

Straightening your teeth with braces can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem while improving the health of your teeth and gums.

Wearing braces is an important part of treatment for the vast majority of orthodontic patients. Some examples of these appliances are traditional metal braces, inconspicuous clear or tooth-colored braces, and clear aligners — a relatively new option for adults and teens. Orthodontic patients now have more options than ever.

Metal braces / Traditional braces

Traditional metal braces, which are typically made of high-grade stainless steel, remain the most common type of fixed braces by far. These braces consist of metal bands that wrap around the back molars, small metal brackets that are cemented to the front of teeth and a thin metal wire that gently guides teeth into proper position.

Metal braces continue to be the most commonly used option because they are reliable, effective and economical. Fortunately, in contrast to the appliances of the past, today’s braces are actually smaller, lighter and more comfortable. For a less traditional look, patients can even select colorful elastics.

Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces, a newer variation on the traditional system, provide a far less noticeable treatment option. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth’s natural color. This less conspicuous system has become a favorite for adults.

Although the aesthetic appeal of ceramic braces is undeniable, there are a few tradeoffs. Ceramic brackets can be less durable and can become more noticeable if the elastic bands around the brackets stain. (Elastic bands are generally changed every month.) Ceramic braces are also more expensive than metal braces, but for many people the benefit of having inconspicuous braces outweighs the increased cost.

Lingual Braces  

The most “invisible” type of fixed braces, lingual braces work the same way that metal braces do, but they are placed on the tongue-side of the teeth. Significantly more expensive than standard braces, lingual braces generally require more time to get used to and they may prolong treatment. But if you're a candidate for this treatment option and you want the least visible type of fixed braces, then lingual braces may be perfect for you.

Removable Aligners

Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly; each one moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position.

Whether fixed or removable, each type of appliance may have advantages or disadvantages in particular situations. After a complete examination, the best treatment options for you will be discussed.

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