Do you want to straighten your teeth? Perhaps you have crowding, spacing, or rotations that make you feel self-conscious when you talk or smile. Braces are the most common solution, but it may be difficult to know which types of braces are best for you. Here at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics in Arizona, we offer several types of braces to best suit your treatment needs. There are a few main types of braces: traditional/metal braces, ceramic/clear braces, and clear aligners. Each type offers its own unique advantages. Explore the benefits of each type of apparatus during a consultation with our professionals at one of our five Arizona locations.
Metal braces, or traditional braces, are the most commonly known types of braces. These braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth and a thin wire. They are also often used in conjunction with bands. These braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and, thanks to advances in research and technology, are now less noticeable and smaller than older metal braces. This makes them more comfortable and attractive than they were in the past.
Advantages of Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are generally the least expensive type of braces. They also can come with colored bands so that you have the chance to express yourself if you wish. With the advances in technology and new options to have less visible braces, these this type of braces is more diverse and customizable than ever. Traditional braces can be used for children and adults.
Ceramic/clear braces are made of tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into the teeth. So even though they are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, they are virtually clear. They can even come with tooth-colored wires to make them less noticeable. This type is popular among adults who want a more natural-looking aesthetic during treatment.
Advantages of Ceramic/Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are more natural-looking, and they can also move teeth much faster than clear aligners. Ceramic braces can be used for children and adults.
Clear aligners provide a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners to move the teeth to their proper positions gradually. These aligners are designed through computer simulation for optimal results. They are very discreet, nearly invisible, and removable. They are typically replaced every 1-2 weeks, with each aligner completing a specific movement. Some popular brands include ClearCorrect™ and Invisalign®.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, so they provide a discreet and aesthetic tooth movement option for older teens and adults. They also allow you to eat, drink, and brush and floss normally because they are removable.
Types of Braces for You
We know how misaligned teeth can affect your confidence level and your oral health. That is why we offer traditional braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners. If you are interested in straightening your teeth and would like to know which type of braces is best for you, contact us here at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics in Arizona. We would love to schedule a consultation and start you on your journey to straighter teeth. Drs. Rollins and Petersen serve Arizona with five Arizona locations in Chandler, Gilbert, Globe, Mesa, and Queen Creek.