By far the most common form of braces, they are made from a high-grade stainless steel. These braces will straighten your teeth using brackets and arch wires. Ask our orthodontist about the fun color options for your elastics to give your braces a more personalized look!
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Clear braces are made from a ceramic that is less visible on your teeth than the traditional metal braces. They are typically used as a cosmetic alternative to the metal braces for patients who are concerned about the look of the metal in their smile.
Our orthodontists are certified Invisalign providers, this training allows them to offer a way for you to get the beautiful, straight smile that you have always wanted without the metal braces.
During the treatment, you will wear a series of clear aligner trays, that are nearly invisible as well as comfortable and they are custom made for your specific case using digital scans and 3D imaging technology. They will gradually straighten your teeth, you will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks and then you will move to the next aligner. Your teeth will begin to gradually move week by week, until they have moved to their desired position, and unlike traditional braces you will not need to modify your diet and daily routines to help ensure the treatment is effective, in fact you are able to remove the invisible aligner so you can eat, drink, brush and floss just as you already do.
This technology also provides the ability to see how your straightened teeth will look when you finish your treatment by using their digital imaging.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BEGIN ORTHODONTICS?
Though an Orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The Canadian and American Association of Orthodontists recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY ORTHODONTIC EVALUATION?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal. We will offer annual complimentary recall examinations to monitor your child’s jaw growth and dental development until comprehensive orthodontic treatment will be most beneficial.
THE RIGHT TIME FOR BRACES
Most people believe that if they didn’t get braces while they were adolescents it’s too late to get them as adults. The truth, though, is that you can get braces no matter how old (or young) you are. Obviously there are some risks involved with putting them in a very young mouth or on baby teeth, because nobody can predict what will happen with the adult teeth once they have grown in. As soon as someone has had his entire set of adult teeth come in, though, he can get braces whenever he (or his parents) wants him to have them.
If you are a mother or father and you have a son or daughter that needs braces, the earlier your child gets them, the better for your child. An orthodontist will even see children as young as second or third grade because it is common for teeth to need to have at least some degree or preparatory work done before the braces can be put once the child has gotten older. If you think your son or daughter might need to have braces, make an appointment with an Orthodontist as soon as your child is old enough for the visit. More than a few people have discovered that if the work gets done early enough in life, the braces don’t have to be kept on the teeth for nearly as long.
Inpiduals who wait to get braces until they are adults are going to have to have the work done over a longer period of time. This is because an adult jaw is completely formed. Your teeth have stopped moving and are in what you believe to be their final spaces. As you grew up, your teeth stayed pretty loose—at least in terms of positions so that there would be room for new teeth as they grew in. After your teeth have stopped growing in, though, the roots become secure and correcting a tooth’s position gets much more difficult.
That doesn’t mean that if you are an adult you can’t get your teeth straight. A lot of people wait until they are all grown up to have work done on their teeth because their parents couldn’t afford to do the work when they were kids. A quarter of all orthodontic patients are grownups.