COMMON ORTHODONTIC TREATMENTS
METAL BRACES, CERAMIC BRACES, LINGUAL BRACES AND MORE
- Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
Why Metal Braces?
Metal braces are the most common style of oral application for orthodontic care. Traditionally, orthodontists wrapped bands around your teeth and cemented them to prevent the bands from moving. Advancements in oral care technology has improved the process by removing the bands from the brackets. Now orthodontists cement small brackets to your teeth to minimize the metal look, but more, it minimizes risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Traditional metal braces are the best treatment for overcrowding and straightening because of rigidity. They also allow your orthodontist to have better control as they move your teeth little by little until you or your child has the model smile with ideal spacing.
How Do I Care For My Braces and What Are The Advantages of Metal Braces?
Did you know that braces have been used for oral care for 200 years? The advancements in oral care have drastically improved and options have increased. The days of metal bands are long gone--they've been replaced by small brackets that are cemented to your teeth. The advantages of metal brackets are:
- They're less expensive than other orthodontic treatments
- They're rigid and allow for easier micro-adjustments
- They come in a variety of colors and designs
- They're more durable than plastics and ceramic braces
- Technological advances have advanced metal braces
If you or your teen are looking for a great solution for a beautiful smile, contact us today!
Why Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are becoming a more popular solution at your local orthodontist's office; they are more discreet, offer added comfort, and they're durable. You may hear them referred to as esthetic braces, clear braces or tooth-colored braces as well.
The main reason ceramic braces are desireable is the brackets are color-matched to your teeth. This gives the patient confidence knowing their teeth are being adjusted using a durable material while enjoying a less noticeable appearance. Although durable, ceramic braces are more fragile than their metal counterparts so we recommend ceramic braces for older teen and adult patients. Please contact us for a thorough evaluation and recommendation for your orthodontic care.
How Do I Care For Ceramic Braces and What Are The Advantages?
Ceramic braces have been around for more than twenty years. The rising demand for adult orthodontic care has driven technological advances in less visible solutions for adjusting crowded or uneven teeth. The advantages of ceramic braces are:
- More discreet than metal or traditional braces
- They're durable
- They move teeth faster than clear aligners such as Invisalign
- Ceramic braces have smoother edges, giving added comfort
There are clear advantages to choosing ceramic braces. There are some disadvantages as well, such as higher cost, more fragile and teeth move slower than metal braces fittings. Contact us today with any questions.
What Are Lingual Braces?
- Like metal and ceramic braces, lingual braces are temporarily fixed to your teeth. Often referred to as hidden or invisible braces, lingual braces use the same appliances and brackets as traditional braces but they're placed behind your teeth so they're not visible.
Orthodontists have been treating patients with lingual braces since the 1970s, but the technique didn't become popular until the 1980s when brackets were cemented to teeth without the metal bands. Care for Lingual braces is about the same as traditional braces but they are the ultimate solution if you want virtually invisible braces.
How Do I Care For Lingual Braces and What Are The Advantages?
If discretion is important to you, lingual braces are the way to go. instead of being fixed to the front-side of your teeth, they're placed on the back of your teeth; this gives the patient virtually complete obscurity. The advantages of lingual braces are:
- Virtual complete discretion
- Durable and fixed to teeth
- Less prone to stain or discolor teeth
- Moves teeth fast
Caring for lingual braces is much like traditional braces; brush, floss, clean with water, avoid hard candy, avoid sticky food like caramels, avoid popcorn or ice, hard foods like nuts and foods that you bite into like apples. Please contact us with more questions.
What Is A TAD Appliance?
- A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a tiny screw-like appliance that is fixed to the jawbone inside your mouth. It gives an anchor to help align teeth. This treatment technique can replace external headgear, bite blocks, elastics and other functional appliances to offer a more efficient and discrete method of treatment.
Orthodontists use force to break down the cell in the bone and periodontal ligament. This allows your teeth to move in the best position for a healthy bite and smile. With most patients, the large molars in the back allow your orthodontist to move teeth around by using them as anchors. There are times however when an orthodontist's abilities to push and pull (to move or shift) teeth in a desired direction is limited--that's when a TAD is used. What's more, using a TAD appliance allows an orthodontist to move teeth asymmetrical; meaning we can move two teeth on the same arch in different directions.
What are the Advantages of a TAD Appliance?
By placing small, biocompatible titanium mini-screws in the jawbone, orthodontists can do more to move teeth without using invasive surgery techniques or exterior headgear or face mask devices. TADs are widely accepted because they are safe, durable, predictable, discrete, and effective in resolving cases that once required oral surgery. With TAD treatments Dr. Cameron can:
- Correct underbites
- Align asymmetric skeletal cants
- Move molars forward to fill spaces in your mouth
- Fix open bite and cross bite malocclusion
Some patients may require oral surgery, with Dr. Cameron's professional use of TAD appliances, you will have the best options available for a beautiful and healthy smile.
Cameron Orthodontics in Layton, Utah
We know how important a smile is and we are excited to give you a beautiful smile and the confidence you need. Modern orthodontic techniques make it easier than ever for you to have a beautiful, straight smile. Our doctor and staff are constantly striving to provide exceptional quality care in a family-oriented, fun environment.
2940 North Church Street, #302
Layton, Utah 84040
Hours of Operation:
Mon: 9AM - 5PM
Tue: 9AM - 5PM
Wed: 9AM - 5PM
Thu: 9AM - 5PM
Fri: 9AM - 1PM