The Different Types of Braces

Braces have undergone many technological advancements over the years. They’ve gone from being bulky, awkward, and painful to smaller and more comfortable than ever. With these changes come more treatment options for patients to choose from, and each comes with plenty of orthodontics benefits. At Bowen Family Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy all that orthodontic technology has to offer. Let’s take a look at the types of braces our practice offers.

There are many reasons to get braces, regardless of what type of treatment you choose. At Bowen Family Orthodontics, our modern technology and educated team can effectively treat many dental issues, including:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Protruding teeth

Every patient is unique, so our team creates a personalized treatment plan for everyone who visits our office. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, our practice has many affordable options available for patients of all ages, including braces. Let’s take a look at what these treatment options are, how they work, and how we can use them to give you the results you want.

Types of braces

Traditional Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely recognized type of orthodontic treatment. These braces are made out of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, giving them long-lasting durability! Metal braces don’t need the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, so they are often a more affordable option. 

Clear braces

Also referred to as “ceramic braces,” clear braces work in much the same way metal braces do. The difference is that this option is made from tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Clear braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, but they blend in with your natural smile for a more discreet treatment option. This choice is especially popular amongst adults and older teen patients due to their nearly invisible appearance.

The only disadvantage of clear braces is that they are slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may only suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. With the right attention and care, they can be just as effective as metal braces!

Invisalign clear aligners

Invisalign aligners are made up of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth. They are worn twenty to twenty-two hours per day throughout the treatment process and replaced every one to two weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by one of our orthodontists. Similar to clear braces, this is a popular option for older patients because of its more discreet appearance.

Invisalign offers patients more flexibility compared to traditional braces. You can remove them during meals, so there are fewer diet restrictions, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. When it’s time to brush and floss, just take them out, rinse, and you’re ready to go!

The Different Types of Braces

Caring for your braces

No matter what type of treatment you decide on, you’ll have to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine. If you struggle with brushing and flossing while wearing braces, there are tools available to make the process easier. Waterpiks help rinse any hard-to-reach areas and orthodontic picks can assist with flossing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Another thing to consider is changes to your diet. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so it’s best to avoid these kinds of foods during your treatment. Just remember, these restrictions are temporary! Any minor frustrations you experience will be more than worth it once your braces come off and you see your beautiful new smile.

During the treatment process, you should expect to come in for follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, Dr. Bowen will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups are usually brief, and we respect your time, so you won’t have to miss much time away from school or work. There may be some residual soreness following these adjustments, but this should go away quickly. These visits are a very important part of your overall treatment plan. We want to help you get the exceptional results you deserve, so remember to stop by our office!

The Different Types of Braces

Your smile is safe at Bowen Family Orthodontics

When you work with Dr. Bowen, you get quality orthodontic care with the latest technology. Our team of experts is here to help all our Mullica Hill patients get the smile of their dreams! If you’re interested in getting started, call us to schedule your free consultation today!