At Peach Orthodontics, we offer a variety of different braces to give our patients more options and a more personalized treatment. Some of the different types of braces we offer include:
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal Braces are the most common type and are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable than ever before and allow you to customize your unique smile with fun colored elastics (rubber bands). Metal braces are made by machining and advances in technology have been shown to be more precise and accurate than self-ligating brackets and other techniques of manufacture.
Self-Ligating Braces- Myths Legends!
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as other traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, and manufacturers claim that they require fewer appointments and place less friction on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces but use a specialized clip (in place of elastics) to help the archwire guide teeth into place.
Orthodontists and manufacturers alike make many claims about self-ligating brackets; however, few of these claims are backed up by science. If you are interested in specific literature, feel free to ask Dr. Brent Rickheim about evidence and research. Your treatment plan is much more important than the type of braces used, and good orthodontists can do a good job using a variety of techniques.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients with cosmetic concerns. While they are less visible, they do require more attention, since ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on the upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible but they are removable, which allows you eat and drink what you want during your treatment. This also makes brushing and flossing less of a hassle. The cost of clear aligners is generally more than traditional braces because the aligners are made by a third-party laboratory. Click here to learn more!
Learn more about Dr. Brent Rickheim’s types of braces in Post Falls, Idaho. Call 208-618-5111 today to speak with a member of the Peach Orthodontics team.