• Orthodontics

  • Orthodontics typically involves the use of braces for aligning teeth. Braces consist of brackets that are bonded to the teeth, and arch wires that are threaded through the brackets. The arch wires act as a track and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available to consumers, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth-colored" braces, and clear plastic braces. Read the sections below to learn more about orthodontic braces and retainers, as well as the cost of orthodontics and financing alternatives.

    Types of Orthodontic Braces and Brackets

    Several kinds of orthodontic braces can be used to reposition teeth. Damon brackets and ceramic brackets are two of the most popular types of dental braces. Patients can choose from ceramic braces, plastic (clear braces), or stainless steel (metal braces). Stainless steel is a practical material, and the most common, but ceramic or plastic can be used for cosmetic purposes.

    Before you decide on a method of treatment, you should always check with your orthodontist to find out what kinds of orthodontic braces are offered, and what dental insurance plans are accepted.

    Invisalign Braces

    Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You pop in a few sets approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You'll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life.

    Clear Braces

    Some dental offices offer clear braces. The brackets are made of pure monocrystalline sapphire, which makes the clear braces practically see-through - except for the arch wire.

    Orthodontic Retainers

    Retainers are orthodontic appliances made from plastic and stainless steel wire which is used to hold a patient's teeth in place after their braces are removed. The retainer holds the teeth in their new position as the surrounding gums and bone adjust around them. The amount of time the retainer must be worn varies, but many orthodontists recommend teenagers wear their retainers into their early 20s.