All About Braces
Kennett Square, PA
It might be surprising to know that over 4 million people are wearing braces at any one time in the United States. That is one way to not feel alone in the world if you have misaligned teeth.
If you are considering braces, it is important to realize that it is not a quick treatment procedure. It may take years to fully reach your treatment goals. There are also more options available than ever before regarding braces. They are no longer just the old traditional metal braces. One option is ceramic, another is not even permanently affixed to your teeth, and then there are some that are colored.
If you have an interest in orthodontic treatment and braces specifically, then come into our office and discuss the available options with us. We are located at Greeley Orthodontics. Come in today.
Types of Braces
All braces, no matter which type, all employ the same concept. They use pressure of some sort to move and shift teeth into their appropriate places. Whether it's by wires, brackets, or trays, the underlying idea is the same, to perfectly align your teeth. We offer traditional braces, Damon braces, and clear aligners.
Ceramic braces are far less conspicuous than traditional braces. This is because they are able to be tinted to match the existing teeth in the patient’s mouth. They will completely blend in if desired. Some patients would rather they not blend in and choose very bright and easily noticeable colors. This type of braces typically takes much less time than traditional braces. While some traditional braces, treatment can last for years. However, with ceramic braces, the treatment typically takes anywhere from 18 to 36 months to complete. When compared to the alignment tray option which takes considerably longer, the ceramic braces option is very appealing. They also do not affect x-rays because they are not made of metal so when used to check jawbone and tooth roots, the images will not be altered. The only drawback is that they are considerably more expensive.
One treatment option which uses the same techniques as traditional braces but is less noticeable is known as lingual braces. The reason they are called lingual is because the brackets and wires are placed on the tongue side of the teeth or the lingual side. This makes them far less obvious than traditional braces.
Lingual braces come with a few drawbacks too. One of them is that they cannot be used for severe orthodontic issues. They cannot be used for an overbite or for occlusion situations. Another issue is that while the treatment is ongoing, the brackets may pop off at a much greater rate than those of traditional braces. This has to do with the placement of the brackets on the interior side of the teeth.
The placement of lingual braces is more difficult than traditional braces too. It has to do with the angles and the difficulty of placing them correctly. It is more complicated than traditional braces.
Please come into our office so we can discuss all of the options with regard to braces. We have all of the details here at Greeley Orthodontics, including whether braces are affordable for you. Give us a call at 484-346-6008 to get your appointment scheduled.