When would you need traditional braces?
Has a dentist recommended orthodontic treatment for you or your child, or are you interested in straightening your teeth? If that’s the case, you may wonder if traditional metal or clear braces are suitable courses of treatment. Traditional braces are less expensive than clear aligners, so they are a great choice for individuals or families on a budget. Dr. Hessam Rahimi our Board Certified Orthodontist will make sure that your experience is satisfactory over the course of treatment.
Traditional braces can seem intimidating, but recent advancements in medical technology have resulted in braces that are much more lightweight, comfortable, and better-looking than they used to be. They are made from high-grade stainless steel and have metal brackets that attach to each tooth using a special type of cement. Each bracket is linked with an archwire that puts pressure on the teeth, allowing them to move to the desired position. The archwires are connected to the brackets using elastics called o-rings. These are changed each time Dr. Rahimi, our Board Certified Orthodontist tightens the braces. These elastics require fewer adjustments than they have in the past as orthodontic treatment has grown and evolved, but still requires more visits than BRIUS® our latest technology.
Clear braces are an alternative type of braces. Like metal braces, clear braces also correct the alignment of your teeth using brackets and wires. Brackets for clear braces are made from porcelain or clear material. With this treatment, the wire is often metal, although it can be made from a white material as well. Clear braces provide you with a much more discreet orthodontic treatment. Clear braces work just like metal braces but we will need to examine them to see if they are right for you. The brackets are affixed to the front surfaces of your teeth using special dental cement. The wire is then attached to the brackets with clear elastic ligatures. The wire is responsible for the movement and stabilization of your teeth. It puts pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on your periodontal ligaments. This causes the ligaments to widen, loosening your teeth so they can move. Once your teeth have reached optimal alignment, the wires, then help to hold your teeth stable while your periodontal ligaments and jawbone heal around them.