A main component used in our orthodontic treatment here at Smiles Orthodontics is dental braces. Braces are used to correct not only crooked teeth, but also flaws of the jaw such as under bites, overbites cross bites and open bites.
Orthodontic treatment using dental braces has come a long way. As opposed to being restricted to the shiny metal look that was common in past decades, these days there various different options for anyone requiring dental braces. Here at Smiles Orthodontics we work closely with each of our patients to determine which type of braces not only would correct their problems, but also provide the best option when it comes to aesthetics.
There are basically two options for braces: metal and ceramic. For certain patients, a clear non-bracket option available is Invisalign (clear aligners). The doctor will inform you at the initial exam if you are a candidate for this last type of treatment.
These are the metal brackets that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” that many adults remember.
In recent years, there has been substantial technological advance used in creating a better type of bracket known as “self-ligating brackets.” We use SL In-Ovation R type (GAC) brackets here at Smiles Orthodontics.
These brackets do not need to be “tied in” because each of them has a door/lock that will hold onto the wire. Patients will not need to have color ties around their brackets but if wanted they can still be placed on. These brackets also facilitate changing of the wires and that makes your office visit shorter!