Types of Braces
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Self-ligating braces offer several benefits for patients. They use a self-ligation technique using lighter wires and lower-friction brackets to move teeth, while resulting in faster treatment times due to the slide mechanism; the strong, mechanical base bonding; and solid walls structured to control tooth movement with speed and efficiency. In addition to greater comfort, self-ligating braces make it easier to maintain good hygiene because they are easier to keep clean. This contributes to greater health, happiness and physical attractiveness for the duration of treatment.
The Wilson Appliance
The Wilson Appliance is used in conjunction with braces. It is placed in the mouth with only four braces on the top teeth, and worn with elastics to correct the bite. One of the benefits of the Wilson Appliance is that it allows Dr. Ohmart to correct the bite before all of the braces are on. Therefore the patient does not have to wear full braces for as long a period of time.
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign System.
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