Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Junction Orthodontics can provide our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are very popular with teens and adults who are self conscious about wearing braces, along with Invisalign removable aligners, the “braceless” alternative to straight teeth. Dr. Jaclyn Scroggins will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.
Contrary to traditional braces that use rubber bands to tie wires to brackets, self-ligating braces use a slide mechanism to hold the orthodontic wire into the bracket. This allows teeth to move freely and quickly – reducing treatment time and the number of visits to the orthodontist.
Ceramic “Clear Esthetic” Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, Ceramic “clear Esthetic” Braces do require more attention to oral hygiene since ceramic braces are larger. 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.
Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. No one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Invisalign aligners are removable so you are not limited in what you can eat and drink during treatment. Plus… brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.