Braces: The Straight Facts

bracesIf you think you need braces, you are not alone. There are over five million people in orthodontic treatment. In the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of adults getting orthodontic care. One in five orthodontic patients are adults. Some are for the first time, and some who have chosen to have braces again after wearing them as kids. With the advances in orthodontics, treatments are less bulky, subtle and are stronger and more durable than they used to be. There are many orthodontics options to help straighten and improve your smile.

Different Types Of Braces
Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of ligature bands. Metal braces are much smaller than ever before.

Ceramic Braces are not as visible as metal braces. Ceramic braces are a little more expensive than metal braces and they look great.

Lingual Braces are attached behind the teeth so they are not visible when you smile. Lingual braces are also more expensive than traditional metal braces but the advantages are apparent.

Self-Ligating metal brackets reduce friction between brackets and wires by eliminating use of ligature ties. Thus, reducing the length of treatment time.

Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.

Before Treatment
Headgear
Orthodontic headgear is a very important part of treatment for some patients. Headgear creates forces that guide the growth of the face and jaws. It also is used to move teeth into better positions or to prevent teeth from moving.

After Treatment
Retainers
Once your orthodontic treatment is completed, your braces are removed. The next step is called retention. Retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. You must wear your retainer as instructed, otherwise your teeth may move back their original positions and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost.

If you are interested in orthodontic care for any age, Dr. Feinberg will find the treatment that is right for you. Call our office today at 203-513-2014.

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