Braces have been around in some form for centuries. Straightening your teeth, at its root, simply involves applying constant pressure until they have moved into the desired position, and then removing the pressure so movement ceases. You can imagine that simple concept has been tried a lot of ways throughout the years...
Fortunately for us, we live in an amazing time! Achieving that perfect smile has never been more accessible, with braces designed to handle every situation and bite shape. Here at Bright Orthodontics, we've got so many tools at our disposal that a bright smile is achievable for anyone!
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Clear (Ceramic) 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 older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
They are popular with patients of all ages! One-piece bracket system. Real 24K gold plating makes brackets significantly brighter than competing bracket systems. Resistant to wear, peeling and chipping.