Types Of Dental Braces

Types of Braces An Overview

What type of braces are right for me?
Braces are specially prescribed and designed according to the problem being treated. They may be fixed (cemented and/or bonded) to the teeth, or removable. Braces may be made of metal (stainless steel), ceramic, or plastic.

By placing constant, gentle forces in a carefully controlled direction with special wires, braces precisely move the teeth through the supporting bone to a new, more desirable position.

Dr. Hendrix is an AAO certified orthodontist specializing solely in the treatment of orthodontic concerns for children and adult patients. Dr. Hendrix helps patients build orthodontic treatment plans through a three-step process that helps them achieve their ideal results. Hendrix Orthodontics has two convenient locations in Chester County making us your family orthodontic specialists.
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Types of Braces What to Expect

Types of Braces

In recent years, several important advances in orthodontic materials have taken place. Braces are much smaller and more efficient at moving teeth than in past years. The wires currently used are made of “high tech” alloys of nickel, titanium, copper, and cobalt. Some of the wires are even heat-activated (NASA originally engineered the nickel-titanium alloy to automatically activate antennae or solar panels of spacecraft orbiting into the sun’s rays). These fabulous new advances in technology allow the teeth to move continually in a more gentle fashion, which may dramatically reduce treatment time and the number of appointments necessary to straighten your teeth.

  • Clear Braces
    Clear ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative for those who don’t want their braces to show as much. Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way as metal braces do. Like metal braces, they are extremely comfortable to wear and very efficient at moving teeth.
  • Damon System
    Since the introduction of the Damon™ System, Ormco has continually set the standards for self-ligation efficiency and quality. The all-new Damon once again redefines self-ligation with revolutionary clinical and aesthetic features that elevate the system to an unprecedented level.
  • Colored Braces
    Many patients enjoy having different colors placed on their braces as a means of personal expression and fun. Although the colors are not necessary they sure are loads of fun! Because it’s so simple to change the colors, feel free to swap them at every visit.
  • Invisalign® for Adults & Teens
    Invisalign is a discreet and effective solution for treating mild to moderate orthodontic concerns for teens and adults. Invisalign is ideal for treating orthodontic relapse or making cosmetic adjustments to the alignment of your smile.
  • Insignia Custom Designed Orthodontics
    Insignia is a fully interactive software and custom appliance system designed to give every patient a truly customized smile. It’s a precise, start-to-finish process delivering maximum clinical and practice efficiency.

Types of Braces FAQs

How do braces feel?

The most common question regarding orthodontic treatment is what do braces feel like? Orthodontic therapy uses special appliances (braces) to move teeth with gentle pressure. When braces are originally placed, or when adjustments are made, your teeth and gums may feel tender initially. This is nothing to worry about. Like anything new, please expect a short period of adjustment. Reported sensations vary from patient to patient, but if any minor discomfort does present itself, it usually does not last for more than two or three days.

Are there less noticeable braces?

Today’s braces are generally less noticeable than those of the past. Modern braces are much smaller and more comfortable, and there are many different types of braces to choose from depending upon patient preference.

Clear ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative for those who don’t want their braces to show as much. Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way as metal (stainless steel) braces do. They are extremely comfortable to wear and very efficient at moving teeth.

Invisalign® can also give you the superior smile you’ve always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing.

New wires are also less noticeable than those used in the past. The majority of today’s wires are made of “high tech,” space age materials that are considerably more comfortable for the aesthetic conscious patient.

Do my braces need special care?

Excellent oral hygiene by frequent brushing and plaque removal is more important than ever for the orthodontic patient. Tooth decay, decalcification (white spots), and periodontal (bone and gum) disease can occur if patients fail to brush their teeth properly during orthodontic treatment. Just as before the braces were placed, it will be necessary to visit your general (family) dentist at least twice a year (sometimes more frequently) for dental examinations and regular cleaning. At Hendrix Orthodontics, we work hard to teach our patients how to care best for their teeth, gums, and braces, and continually monitor their status throughout treatment to ensure the best results possible.

Should I get a second opinion?

If you recently visited an orthodontist for an orthodontic screening and are wondering whether you should seek a second opinion, you may want to review the recommended treatment with your general (family) dentist first.

If you would still like to compare your comfort level with another orthodontic office or simply hear another orthodontist’s assessment of your treatment options, arrange for a second opinion. You may have already had more than one orthodontist recommended to you by family, friends, your dentist, or the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) referral service.

Seeking out a specialist member of the AAO assures that your second opinion is from an educationally qualified orthodontic specialist. You should feel confident in the orthodontist and his or her staff, and trust their ability to provide you or your child with the care and lifetime orthodontic value you seek.

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