It used to be that when someone got braces, they were fitted with a massive mouthful of metal. Those early forms of braces were often painful and quite noticeable. Luckily, orthodontists have developed modern braces that are much less painful and much more aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Brodsky’s team now offers three different forms of braces to best suit their patients’ needs.
Metal braces are the traditional type of braces that have been used for many decades, although they have changed a lot in size and shape in more recent years. Modern miniature metal braces/brackets, which are small in width and depth, are constructed of high-grade stainless steel. These brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and are connected by a wire. By changing the wire over the course of treatment, metal braces slowly reposition your teeth into proper alignment. While they are more visible than other forms of braces, the metallic version comes with the option of multicolored bands, allowing the patient a more customized and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are very similar to the metallic version in that they realign teeth using brackets attached directly to the front the teeth. The main difference is that they are made of a clear, ceramic material which matches the color of teeth. By using ceramic brackets, the braces become less visually noticeable, thereby sparing braces-conscious patients the look of a metallic set of teeth. Due to the nature of the material, ceramic braces are more brittle and require more attention when cleaning and caring for them.
As the most advanced form of tooth alignment, Invisalign clear aligners provide patients with an effective, more comfortable, and less noticeable method of straightening their teeth. The aligners simply sit on top of the teeth and are worn 22 hours per day. The doctor digitally designs customized treatment programs for each patient, and every week or two a new invisible aligner (with a different shape) is worn by the patient. They are ideal for teenagers or adults looking for a more inconspicuous way to straighten their teeth in a shorter period of time with the least amount of discomfort or food restrictions.
The experienced, professional staff at Brodsky Orthodontics understand that each patient has different orthodontic needs, even down to the type of braces they wear. For more information or to set up a consultation, please contact the office today.