There are several styles of braces and ways to straighten teeth. Which one is right for you will depend on the position of your teeth, the alignment of your bite, and your esthetic concerns. Here are a few of the most commonly used styles of braces.
Metal brackets are the most commonly used braces. They are made of stainless steel and/or titanium and are bonded directly to the teeth. Metal brackets are durable and reliable. Most patients have the option of adding colored elastics over the brackets, which can be changed at each appointment, to add color and style. Dr. Jones uses high-tech self-ligating brackets, which use a door that opens and closed to hold the wire in place. Modern self-ligating brackets are a state of the art development in orthodontic treatment.
Ceramic brackets offer most of the same benefits of metal brackets, but are made of materials that are less visible. The modern, self-ligating ceramic brackets that Dr. Jones uses do not stain during treatment. Ceramic brackets are a popular option for adults and teenagers that wish to minimize the appearance of braces.
Clear appliances (such as Invisalign®) use a series of aligners to straighten your teeth. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing is easier. Patients wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Jones has prescribed. You’ll visit Dr. Jones about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Aligner treatment is not recommended for everyone, so please schedule a complementary consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Although lingual braces have been available for many years, more recent advances in technology have allowed for individually customized lingual braces, which are more precise and comfortable than previous generations. Lingual braces are an unconventional, innovative option for patients that require the precise control of braces but wish to avoid visible braces.