Types of Braces

Are you looking to straighten your smile? Braces are a tried and true method for achieving a straighter, more healthy smile. At Larson Orthodontics, we offer both traditional metal and ceramic braces, giving you the option to customize your treatment experience.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces are meant to correct and improve your smile’s appearance, health, and function. They are proven solutions for correcting bad bites, overcrowding, and general misalignment issues. All types of braces work using the same concept.

They feature a series of brackets attached to the teeth and connected using a metal wire known as the archwire. The tightness of the wire is what gradually moves your teeth into the correct position. Our patients come in for an appointment every few weeks for adjustments to maintain the tension in the wire.

Types Of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the cornerstone of orthodontic treatments worldwide and are typically what people picture when thinking of braces. The brackets and archwire in these appliances are typically stainless steel.

The durability and tensile strength make them a good fit for most people looking to improve their smile with orthodontic treatment. Traditional metal braces have a rich history, and technological advancements have made them even more effective.

Clear/Ceramic Braces

Clear or ceramic braces work like traditional metal braces. They also feature brackets connected with archwires. However, the distinguishing factor is that the brackets are made of tooth-colored ceramic material that is designed to blend in with your natural smile, making them less visible.

They are the perfect option for people who want the benefits of braces treatment without altering their smile appearance too much.

Choosing The Right Braces For You

Here are some key factors to consider when determining whether braces are right for you.

The Severity Of The Orthodontic Concern

In general, braces are excellent at correcting all levels of orthodontic issues. Whether it’s minor aesthetic fixes, to correcting a severely misaligned bite, braces are known to be the most versatile and effective treatment option.

Aesthetic Needs

Are you uncomfortable wearing traditional metal braces as an adult? While braces are designed for patients of all ages, we know that the appearance of your smile during treatment can be just as important as your smile after treatment. If you’re uncomfortable with the look of metal braces in your mouth, you can choose clear or ceramic braces.

Your Routine And Hygiene

Traditional metal braces and ceramic or clear braces remain in your mouth for the entire treatment duration. Thus, they require you to step up your oral hygiene routine a bit. It’s important that you brush and floss after every meal to prevent any buildup that could potentially lead to gum disease, tooth decay, stains, and more.