Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Chadwell Orthodontics provides their patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances such as Invisalign.
Please see below or ask us to learn more about the types of braces we offer at our office. You will need to speak with Dr. Chadwell to determine which appliance is right for you.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene because food and plaque tend to show up more easily.
Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! 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 are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Self-Ligating Braces (Empower)
Advances in metal technology have allowed for the creation of a new style of braces that utilize metal clips instead of the traditional colored elastics. They have advantages in severe crowding situations and are quite comfortable.