Braces are the most common tool we use to treat patients at Andrews Orthodontics. Some people still have a stereotypical and dated image of braces turning someone into a “metal mouth,” but brackets are much flatter and smaller than they were in the past. Today’s braces are also surprisingly comfortable and work efficiently.
As medical technology advances and improves, new types of braces are continually being invented and become available to our patients. Right now, the braces we offer fall into three general categories:
• metal braces – Metal braces, sometimes called “traditional” braces, use stainless steel brackets connected by heat-activated archwires. Traditional braces are a good general solution because they tend be the most economical option and work for a wide variety of cases. Kids often like how the rubber bands that attach the archwires to the brackets come in a rainbow of fun colors that can be switched out each visit.
• ceramic braces – Ceramic braces are like metal, traditional braces, but the ceramic brackets blend into teeth better, don’t gleam in the light, are generally less conspicuous. They can cost a little more than metal braces and are also more fragile.
We also offer Invisalign, which aren’t braces technically but treat many of the same conditions. See our Invisalign page for more details.
Have questions? We’ll be glad to go through your options during your complimentary consultation.