Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces consists of standard metal brackets adhered to your teeth and connected by a wire. Traditional braces have come a long way over the years, becoming smaller, sleeker and more comfortable. It is possible to add your own style to your braces by adding colored bands.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than the traditional metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene.
Imagine a braces treatment that doesn't use wires or metal brackets, a treatment that is virtually pain free and doesn't require you to change your current lifestyle. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth and experience the benefits of a great smile without having to deal with a mouth full of metal! Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, comfortable aligners that straighten teeth in less time than traditional braces.
What is dentofacial orthopedics? Many patients wonder what it means when their orthodontist specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This specialization means that your doctor has training and experience in working with the management of tooth movement (orthodontics) as well as the guidance of facial growth and development (dentofacial orthopedics), which usually occurs during childhood.
Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but surgical orthodontics may be needed in some cases to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well.