the 3 types of braces

It is time for you or your child to get braces and we are so excited to help you on this amazing journey to straighter teeth! Here at Wood Orthodontics in Weatherford, TX, we love to be able to educate our patients on the process of getting braces and what kind of available braces.

Three different types of braces are available to patients and we want to make sure you know the differences between them. All of them have the same purpose, to straighten your teeth, but some give different treatment times than the others.

 

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common of all of the braces. These braces are made of high-quality metal that is incredibly strong and very efficient in treatment. In the process of receiving these braces, metal brackets are bonded to teeth that are then attached to the archwire. The archwire is used to guide teeth into the designed and desired position.

Unlike the previous designs of mental braces, these new and improved metal braces are smaller and more attractive. Metal braces are attractive and can be worn by people of all ages. One thing that makes metal braces fun, is that the patient can sometimes choose the color!

 

Ceramic Braces

Being a clear bracket, the ceramic braces are not as noticeable as the metal braces, but have the same job and are just as effective. Because of the clear brackets, ceramic braces are very attractive to adults that require treatment.

Being ceramic, this does make the brackets a little more fragile which could bring them to break easier, therefore needing them to be replaced more often.

 

Clear Aligners

If you want straighter teeth but don’t want to look like you have braces, there is an option for you and it is clear aligners. These aligners are made out of a strong plastic that can form and move your teeth just as well as metal and ceramic braces, but without the brackets and wires.

When getting clear aligners, they look much like plastic retainers. When choosing this as your treatment, different sets of retainers are given to you over time to increase your progress after you have “outgrown” the previous retainer. These customized retainers have to be worn 22 hours a day to do their job, but they are removable letting you eat whatever you want!

 

Give Us a Call

If you know that you or a child requires braces and would like to learn more about the kinds of braces options we have please come see us or give us a call. We are in the Weatherford, TX area and are here to help anyone who would like to have straighter teeth. Our team here at Wood Orthodontics loves to help everyone reach their smile goal with braces that they will love!