Clear braces feature a comfortable design with a translucent appearance. Made from a hard ceramic material, these braces won’t stain or discolor. With the same performance of metal braces, many patients are choosing the clear option.
Traditional stainless steel braces are still worn by many orthodontic patients. Many of our patients who enjoy the different colored elastic ties wear metal braces.
The system is a series of clear trays that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. Invisalign patients wear their aligners all the time and remove them only to eat, brush, and floss. This system is available to adult patients and some teenagers with certain orthodontic problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
Will Braces Fit Your Lifestyle?
You’ll be pleased to learn that braces will work with your current lifestyle. You can do almost anything with braces – sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken.
Today’s technology makes people wearing braces feel better about how they look. Metal brackets are much smaller than they used to be. Even less noticeable are braces made of ceramic or plastic. Your orthodontist will tell you which of these options is best for you.
No matter what type of braces you wear, you’ll have to make a few adjustments to treatment. But, if you’re like the vast majority of adult patients, you’ll adjust quickly. Chewing ice and certain treats, such as caramels and peanut brittle, will be off-limits. Also, your mouth and teeth may be a little tender after adjustments. And, of course, it will be especially important that you visit your family dentist for regular check-ups.
The good news is that the new techniques and materials that the orthodontist uses today have made wearing braces more comfortable for adults and teens.
Are You A Good Fit For Braces?
A consultation with an orthodontist is the best way to determine if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The condition of your teeth, gums and supporting bone is the most important factor in determining the potential for improving your smile and dental health. Remember, the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children.
After an initial examination, your orthodontist will be able to tell you what your treatment will involve and its approximate cost. If you decide to proceed, your orthodontist will usually make diagnostic records of your mouth. These may include molds of your teeth and special x-rays and photographs.
Every person’s malocclusion is different. After carefully analyzing the nature of your needed correction, your orthodontist will recommend the best course of treatment for improving your smile.