Traditional metal braces have been the orthodontic treatment cornerstone for many years and are the most commonly used still today. Advancements in materials technology have made metal braces smaller, lighter and more comfortable than ever. You can look forward to customizing your look with colored elastic ties each time you visit. Traditional metal braces have four main components:
Brackets, made of stainless steel or titanium, are sleeker and smaller than the brackets of old.
Archwires are the thin metal wires that connect each bracket and apply pressure to the teeth to help move them into alignment.
Ligature elastics or ties are used to hold the archwire in place and come in a wide array of colors.
Bands are metal rings that are placed on the back molars to anchor the archwire in place throughout treatment.
During braces treatment, Lampros & Reopelle Orthodontics will change the archwire or elastics at each visit. You can customize your look every time you come in for an appointment!
Lampros & Reopelle Orthodontics is pleased to offer clear braces for teen and adult patients looking for a more discreet option to straighten their smile. Clear braces are crafted from durable, clear or tooth-colored materials like ceramics, rather than metal. They are comfortable and may be less irritating to the inner aspects of the mouth. Ligatures or ties are still required when using clear braces treatment. Patients can choose from a wide array of colors or clear or pearl-colored ties for a more natural look.
Not all patients are candidates for clear braces. Clear braces are slightly more brittle than traditional metal braces and may not be recommended for more difficult orthodontic cases. Clear braces are generally reserved for the upper front teeth.
At Lampros & Reopelle Orthodontics, we can help you can decide if clear or ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. Dr. Lampros and Dr. Reopelle can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice at (540) 344-2758 and schedule an appointment today.