TYPE OF BRACES
Few people are lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth, but orthodontic treatment can produce beautiful results. With advancements in the orthodontic field, there are several braces options that generate great results. Dr. Hernandez and her team provide personalized treatment plans that best suit your orthodontic needs. Below are the various types of braces or dental appliances to help correct particular orthodontic problem.
Traditional braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the arch wire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth. Today's metal braces are smaller, more confortable and more attractive. Ask Dr. Hernandez for the treatment option that is best for your individual needs.
Ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them next-to-invisible. They move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. Brackets are made of ceramic or porcelain materials. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver constant, gentle force to move teeth. Ask Dr. Hernandez for the treatment option that is best for your individual needs.
Clear aligners are made of durable plastic or acrylic material. They effectively straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Clear aligners are customized, comfortable and removable. Patients are responsable for putting in and removing their aligners. A series of aligners is created to move teeth a fraction of a millimeter at a time. Patients must remove aligners for meals and when brushing/flossing. The number of aligners needed to correct misaligned teeth varies based on the individual's orthodontic problems and its correction. Ask Dr. Hernandez if clear aligners are the perfect treatment option for you.
Removable retainers are made of acrylic or plastic material. They fit the exact shape and placement of the teeth. Not only are there removable retainers, but there are also fixed retainers. Both types of retainers hold teeth in their new positions after "active" orthodontic treatment is completed. This allows newly formed bone to Harden around teeth. Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintain the success of orthodontic treatment. Patients may be advised to wear retainers full-time for the first six months after "active" treatment ends, with subsequent wear time reduced to night-time only. When not in the mouth, removable retainers should be kept in the case provided by the orthodontist. Ask Dr. Hernandez for the best retention protocol after your treatment.