Types of Braces

Those considering orthodontic treatment have several options from which to choose. Dr. Righellis and his team will help you make the best choice for your particular needs. This will move your teeth into proper alignment as efficiently and effectively as possible.

At Righellis Orthodontics, we offer options for all kinds of orthodontic conditions. Let’s look at some of the most common types of braces and which kinds of issues they can address.

Type 1: Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces can be found in both metal and ceramic options and make use of the bracket and wire system. This type of braces uses brackets with clips that hold the wires, instead of using the traditional rubber band tie system.

This option holds on to less food and it is most often less painful. Self-ligating braces do shorten treatment times but they may not provide all of the features to successfully treat more challenging orthodontic conditions.

The stigma associated with metal braces is now a thing of the past. Modern brackets are now smaller and less noticeable than years ago, making them more comfortable, lighter, and less intrusive. New technology has helped to improve this option significantly. New heat-activated archwires respond to your body heat to force the movement of teeth more quickly and are less painful than what people experienced in the past with metal braces.

Type 2: Ceramic Braces

This option allows the braces to blend in more naturally with the smile, making them far less noticeable. The brackets are made from a tooth-colored ceramic material. Even the wires are colored to match the teeth. However, the downside to this is that the brackets can easily stain if the patient is not diligent with their brushing and flossing.

Due to the type of components used, ceramic braces are more expensive than their metal counterparts. They are less durable than traditional braces, but technology is constantly changing and improving. Choosing ceramic braces will offer the patient a faster treatment than using Invisalign.

Type 3: Invisalign

Instead of metal components, the Invisalign system uses a series of 18 to 30 customized, removeable, clear plastic trays. Similar to mouth guards, the trays are designed to fit snugly over the teeth. These aligners are generally switched out every two weeks to keep your teeth moving in the appropriate direction. Invisalign is one of the most commonly preferred and most effective invisible braces on the market.

Invisalign allows the patient to completely remove the device to clean the teeth, which can make it easier to lose or break resulting in costly replacements. While more comfortable, these trays are also more expensive than traditional braces. Technology in this area is advancing every day but at this time the Invisalign option is not best suited for severe orthodontic conditions.

Which is the Best Treatment Option?

If you’re considering dental braces for yourself or a family member, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Righellis at our Oakland, CA practice.

This assessment is necessary to customize a treatment plan that will suit your needs.

Dr. Righellis and his highly qualified team will help you make the absolute best decision for your orthodontic needs, moving you one step closer to a stunning and healthy smile!

Call us at 510-482-0600 or contact us online.

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Orthodontics for Children and Adults

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