Types of Braces
No two patients are the same. When designing a treatment plan for an individual, we take his or her unique needs into account. In many cases, patients have more than one choice when it comes to treatment options. At Roy Orthodontics, we offer different types of braces, depending on your specific goals. Dr. Carl Roy can help you determine an option that is right for you during an initial consultation at our practice.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are certainly the most archetypal treatment in orthodontics. Though the design has changed somewhat throughout the decades, the primary function is the same. Traditional braces are made from surgical steel, and consist of brackets, bands, and wires. These components are used to gently move the teeth into their desired positions over time.
To apply the braces, the brackets are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth, bands are placed around the molars, and an archwire is connected to them. The wire applies gentle pressure to the brackets and bands, encouraging tooth movement.
Today’s braces are much more sleek, elegant, and comfortable than their traditional counterparts. They can, however, be challenging to clean around. Therefore, our team can recommend specialized brushes or floss threaders to help keep your teeth healthy while you are undergoing orthodontics. Generally, treatment lasts anywhere from 18 to 24 months, although timelines can vary for each patient.
If you aren’t too keen on metallic colors, another option is ceramic braces. These appliances work similarly to traditional braces. However, instead of metal components, these braces blend in more naturally with your teeth. The brackets are clear, and are crafted from a high-grade ceramic. The archwire is tooth-colored to match your smile.
Ceramic braces are more fragile than metal ones, so they can break more frequently. The clear elastic ties attached to the brackets are also more prone to discoloration. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid foods and beverages that stain.
Patients who choose ceramic braces can expect treatment to last approximately 18 to 24 months. However, this will be entirely dependent on your particular situation. Dr. Roy can give you a more accurate timeline estimate at your consultation.
For those seeking discreet orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an excellent choice. This system does not utilize brackets, bands, or wires. Rather, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of removable, invisible aligner trays. Therefore, there is no metal to irritate your soft tissues, and no one will be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Before beginning Invisalign treatment, we will take impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where a skilled technician will fabricate your custom trays. Generally, each set of aligners will be worn for 22 hours a day for approximately two weeks, after which the next set of trays can be worn. The subtle differences in the trays will gradually move your teeth into more desirable locations. Overall treatment time is comparable to traditional braces. Most patients will complete treatment in about 18 to 24 months.
It is important to note that while Invisalign is an excellent choice for many patients, it is not for everyone. For example, if you have more severe orthodontic issues that are affecting your bite or your jaw joints, traditional orthodontics may be recommended. Dr. Roy can help you determine if Invisalign is an appropriate option for you.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
If you desire a straighter, healthier, more functional smile, orthodontics can help! During an initial consultation, Dr. Roy will assess your situation and help you choose an option that will work for you. To book an appointment, contact our offices, located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.