All types of braces work similarly in that they work to correct and improve your smile’s function, health, and appearance by using a series of brackets attached to the teeth and connected together using a metal wire called the archwire. The tightness of this wire is what gently guides your teeth into the correct position throughout the course of treatment.
While braces are the original orthodontic treatment option, they are still the most popular choice for treatment today thanks to their proven effectiveness and ability to correct all levels of orthodontic issues.
Types Of Braces
Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Reynolds & Stoner Orthodontics can provide our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are very popular with teens and adults who are self-conscious about wearing braces. At your initial consultation, our team will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.
Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces used today and are what many patients picture when braces come to mind. However, the brackets used are more sleek and comfortable than ever before.
Depending on your smile goals and preferences during treatment, we offer more than just traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are made of clear materials that are designed to blend in with your natural smile. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are slightly more fragile. However, if you are able to properly care for your braces, clear braces are a great option for anyone looking for a more discreet treatment option!
Self-ligating brackets are comprised of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires threaded through slots in the brackets. However, built-in clips with sliding door technology hold the wires to the brackets rather than rubber bands. Because self-ligating braces do away with elastic bands, adjustment appointments tend to be shorter and less frequent.