Thinking about getting braces? Wondering if clear or metal braces are right for you? The first step is visiting your Roseville, Sacramento, Modesto, El Dorado Hills, or Placerville California orthodontist to determine the braces that would work best for your specific orthodontic needs.
The experts at Hoybjerg Orthodontics provide this overview of both clear and metal braces and the benefits each has to offer.
Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, work just like metal braces, but they are made of a translucent material that matches the color of your teeth, making them less visible. The brackets of the braces are attached to your teeth, which hold the archwire in place. Because of their transparency, most people won’t even know you are wearing braces from a distance or in photos. For patients that are looking for a more discreet treatment option, ceramic braces are a great alternative. The only downside to clear braces is that they are not as durable as metal braces making them more prone to breaking. Additionally, if you have a complex orthodontic situation, your orthodontist may recommend metal braces as the best way to correct your teeth.
Despite the advances in orthodontic options, metal braces will continue to be a treatment option. Metal braces are made from high-grade stainless steel that are cemented to your teeth. Today’s metal braces are lighter, smaller, and more durable than other types of braces, and you can customize them by selecting the color of the elastics that you like best. They are also used to treat other malocclusions, including overbites, underbites, and other jaw abnormalities. If you have a situation where your teeth have to be moved pretty far to achieve proper alignment, your orthodontist will most likely recommend metal braces.
Two other options that provide discreet treatment, include Invisalign and self-ligating braces. These newer technologies offer shorter treatment times, improved comfort, and your oral hygiene will be easier to maintain. Talk to your orthodontist to see if these appliances are an option for you.
When you meet with your Hoybjerg orthodontist, you will receive a thorough exam of your orthodontic situation to determine the appliance that will give you the best possible smile. While you may want to go with clear braces, Invisalign, or self-ligating braces, they may not be the best option for your situation. If your orthodontist recommends metal braces, keep in mind how amazing your new smile will look when your treatment is complete!
For the best orthodontic treatment in Roseville, Sacramento, Modesto, El Dorado Hills, and Placerville, California, contact us to set up a consultation, or you can make an appointment online. The team at our five offices will be happy to help you with an appointment or answer any of your questions. We can’t wait to help you achieve your best smile!