The Different Types of Braces

There have been many technological advancements over the years when it comes to braces treatment. They’ve gone from bulky and painful to smaller and more comfortable. With these advancements come more treatment options to choose from, and each comes with plenty of orthodontics benefits. At Clauss Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy all the perks of orthodontic technology. Let’s go over the types of braces our practice offers.

There are many reasons to get braces, regardless of your treatment. At Clauss Orthodontics, our cutting-edge technology and well-trained team can effectively treat many dental issues, including:

Every smile is unique, so our team creates a customized treatment plan for every patient who visits our office. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, our practice has a wide range of affordable options available for patients of all ages, including braces. Let’s look at what these treatment options are, how they work, and how we can use them to give you the desired results.

Types of braces

Traditional Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely recognized type of orthodontic treatment. These braces are made of medical grade stainless steel and other high-quality metals, giving them long-lasting durability. Metal braces don’t need the more complex technology or expensive equipment than newer treatments, so they are sometimes more affordable. 

Clear braces

Also known as ceramic braces, clear braces function in much the same way metal braces do. The difference is that this option is made from tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Clear braces are roughly the same size and shape as metal braces, but they blend in with your natural smile for a more discreet treatment option. This choice is especially popular amongst adults and older teen patients due to their nearly invisible appearance.

The only disadvantage of clear braces is that they are slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. They can be just as effective and comfortable as metal braces with the proper attention and care!

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system is made up of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth. They are worn twenty-two or more hours per day throughout the treatment process and replaced every one to two weeks with the next aligner in the sequence, as directed by Dr. Clauss. This is a popular option for older patients, much like clear braces, because of its more discreet appearance.

Invisalign offers patients more flexibility compared to traditional braces. You can remove them during meals, so there are fewer diet restrictions, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. When it’s time to brush and floss, take them out, rinse, and you’re ready to go!

Caring for your braces

Regardless of your treatment, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine to accommodate your smile’s new treatment. Tools are available to make the cleaning process easier if you struggle with brushing and flossing while wearing braces. Waterpiks help rinse hard-to-reach areas, and orthodontic picks can help to floss. We recommend brushing twice daily for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed to keep your mouth healthy.

Another issue to consider is changes to your diet. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so it’s best to avoid these kinds of foods during your treatment. Just remember, these restrictions are temporary! Any minor frustrations you experience will be more than worth it once your braces come off and you see your new smile.

During your treatment, you should expect to come in for follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, Dr. Clauss will change the bands attached to the brackets and may also replace the wire. These check-ups are usually brief, and we respect your time, so you won’t have to miss much time away from school or work. There may be some residual soreness following these adjustments, but this should resolve quickly. These visits are an essential part of your overall treatment plan. We want to help you get the exceptional results you want, so remember to stop by our office!

Trust Clauss Orthodontics

A smile like yours deserves the right team to get it just right. If you or someone you love is considering orthodontic treatment, we want to provide the proper information and treatment to help you along. Our experienced team at Clauss Orthodontics in Watertown and Middlebury knows that an informed patient is more likely to participate in their treatment. If you have any more questions or wonder if you may be a good fit for braces treatment, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Clauss to start your smile journey.