At Webb Family Orthodontics, we offer a range of braces types to suit varying patient needs. Options include:
- Porcelain or Ceramic Braces: Porcelain and ceramic braces both offer the advantage of being less noticeable on the teeth. The brackets are the same white color as the teeth. While the brackets look different than traditional metal braces, they work exactly the same way to gradually realign your teeth.
- Metal Braces: Metal braces are the option that most people are familiar with, as they’ve been used for decades to straighten teeth. Today’s metal braces are more advanced than ever, which means that they’re as comfortable as possible. Metal braces are made from a high-grade stainless steel material.
- Wild Smiles Braces: Wild Smiles braces are a newer option that offers unique customization to your braces. Brackets in shapes including stars, footballs, stars, diamonds, and flowers are available — many teens and pre-teens love this truly unique option. Wild Smiles brackets are made from the same high-grade stainless steel that traditional braces are.
- Invisalign: Invisalign is a teeth-straightening treatment that uses custom-fitted plastic trays to apply pressure and shift the teeth into position. Invisalign aligners are clear and there’s no metal involved. This makes Invisalign one of the best options for anyone who wants to keep their natural smile while still straightening their teeth. Invisalign is available for both teens and adults.
- Damon System Braces: The Damon System is a type of metal or ceramic brace that eliminates the need for the colored ties to hold the wire. It utilizes light forces to help align teeth and widen smiles.
How Braces Work
Braces apply continuous light pressure to the teeth to make them move into the ideal position. Rubber bands are utilized with braces to help correct the bite relationship.
Who Is Eligible for Braces?
Braces eligibility depends on bite problems. Patients who have malocclusion (“bad bite”) may have an overbite, an underbite, or simply crooked teeth. No matter what the problem is if your bite is causing problems it can usually be corrected with braces. The right age for braces can vary by patient. Patients can start with orthodontic observation as early as age 6 or 7, and then plan for braces once the adult teeth have grown in at around age 10 to 14. Early adolescence is the ideal time to get braces, as the mouth is still growing and the alignment is more easily correctable than it is as an adult. Adults are eligible for braces as well; however, it may take longer to correct misalignment since adults finished growing long ago.
The Advantages of Today’s Braces
Today’s braces are lighter, more comfortable, and easier to wear than ever. There are even options for invisible braces. Webb Family Orthodontics is happy to help you straighten your smile with braces, so contact us anytime for a consultation.