Although braces have been around for a long time, they are still one of the most popular choices in orthodontic treatment today because they consistently deliver excellent results for patients. Thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology, braces are now more comfortable and efficient than ever, and patients also have a choice between different types of braces in Taylor, MI.
At Lanzetta Orthodontics, our patients can choose between two types of braces to find the option that suits their lifestyle without compromising results. You can discuss the right kind of braces for you during a free consult with one of our orthodontists at Lanzetta Orthodontics.
What Are Braces?
Braces are traditional orthodontic appliances that use a system of brackets and wires to consistently apply gentle pressure on your teeth. Braces can be used to correct many oral issues, ranging from simple aesthetic fixes to more complex issues. The most common of these issues are:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Overbites and underbites
- Problems relating to speech, chewing, or maintaining oral hygiene
- Jaw misalignment
Braces are a highly effective treatment option and are designed to move teeth gradually. Typically, braces will need to be worn for a length of time between 12 and 24 months. During your treatment, you’ll need to visit our office every 4-6 weeks for check-ups and to have the wires tightened.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are the type of braces that people are most familiar with. Made with high-grade stainless steel, traditional braces feature metal brackets attached to each tooth and bound together using thin wires and rubber bands. Thanks to the latest advances in technology, metal braces are much more sleek and refined than the versions worn by previous generations. Brackets are made to be smaller, more smooth, and allow for more efficient movement.
The design of metal braces may make them more noticeable, but they are still one of the most highly effective treatment options. To make your braces fun, the rubber bands used can be personalized and changed to almost any color or color combination.
Clear braces, or ceramic braces, are just as efficient and designed very similarly to traditional metal braces. However, clear braces use brackets made from tooth-colored ceramic so that they create a more natural appearance by blending in with your smile.
These braces are a good choice for older teens and adults who want the effectiveness of braces treatment but don’t like the more noticeable look of traditional metal braces. While clear braces are incredibly effective, it’s important to keep in mind that ceramic brackets are less durable than the traditional metal ones. If you know you can take the extra care needed to protect your braces during treatment, this appliance may be the perfect option for you!
Which Braces Option Is Right For Me?
Choosing the right appliance for you is an important step in beginning treatment. Our team not only wants to give you a smile that inspires confidence after treatment, but our goal is to ensure that you are proudly smiling throughout the entire process. The best type of braces for you should deliver the results you want without significantly altering your lifestyle.
If you are having a hard time deciding which braces option is right for you, don’t worry, our orthodontists at Lanzetta Orthodontics will review all available options with you during your initial free consult.