Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, San Ramon Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics can provide our 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 that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.
Please see below or ask us to learn more about the types of braces we offer at our office. You need to speak with your orthodontist 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.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Clear (Ceramic) braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, clear (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 as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.
Self-ligating braces uses a free-sliding mechanism with the help of integrated clips to hold arch wires in place instead of traditional elastic ties that can stain and wear over time. These integrated clips place only a small amount of pressure on your teeth, which allows for gentler tooth movements compared to traditional braces. The lighter forces and less friction allow the teeth to move more naturally and biologically. It also reduces the amount of appointment times as there are no elastic ties to change. However, if you still want the color elastic ties, we will be more than happy to place them for you! Self-ligating braces are available in both metal and clear (ceramic) brackets.
Clear appliances, such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, 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.