Braces use constant, gentle pressure, applied to your teeth over time, to move them into proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. While braces are available in metal and ceramic, they both have the same goal: To correctly align your teeth and jaws for enhanced aesthetic appeal and for better oral health.
Traditional metal braces are popular with children and teens, and are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Traditional metal braces feature three main components: the brackets that are placed on each tooth, the arch wire that is threaded through them and the color ties that hold the arch wires to the brackets. Choosing the color ties at each visit is the highlight of the appointment. In addition, Elastics (rubber bands) are commonly used in conjunction with braces, exerting a constant force to move teeth. Elastics must be worn as prescribed by Dr. Tendler and changed as instructed in order to maintain the proper force.
Clear braces are a popular choice for adults and teens that would like a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Options include clear ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets for a nearly invisible look. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, is another great option for most patients.
Lingual braces work just like traditional metal braces or ceramic braces, but are placed behind teeth instead of on the front. This allows them to be completely hidden, so no one knows that you are wearing them. Typically, anyone who could have traditional metal braces or ceramic braces is also a good candidate for lingual braces. Dr. Tendler will also review Invisalign® clear aligners as a treatment option if being discreet with your orthodontic treatment is the goal.
If you are interested in enhancing your smile, call us to find out about the many orthodontic options that we offer!