Treatment Options


Metal Braces

(silver and flesh colored braces are available)

Metal braces are the most common. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position. Today’s braces are much smaller, more comfortable, and generally less noticeable than in the past. Therefore they are much more attractive. You can “dress up” your braces to fit your own personality. Most of the patients like to use different color elastics that can be changed at each appointment. Also, your brackets (the part of the braces that hold the wire) can be silver, gold, or clear depending on the your preference.

Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way as metal braces do. Like metal braces, they are extremely comfortable to wear and very efficient at moving teeth. 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. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.


Invisalign®

Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. How does it work? The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. You 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 your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

 

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