Our Gleason Orthodontics team knows that the options can get overwhelming these days when it comes to orthodontic treatment. It’s not just about which aesthetic you want to show, but that does play a big part now that you can have that preference. But, how do you choose between the different types of braces on the market today?
Luckily, you don’t have to make this choice alone. At Gleason Orthodontics, you’ll enjoy the quality care you deserve to help you feel comfortable and confident throughout your orthodontic treatment experience. Regarding the different types of braces, we offer clear and metal braces, as well as clear aligners from Spark and our own in-house brand, Clear Confidence, for patients of all ages. Let’s sort it out now!
The Different Types of Braces
We understand that getting your teeth straightened with orthodontics is a big decision. After all, your smile is your first impression in life. Here at Gleason Orthodontics, we respect your reasons for wanting to improve your smile. Since we use nothing but the latest technology, your treatment gives you a healthier smile and greater self-confidence, and it will be an enjoyable and efficient experience, too! Let us help you make the best investment in your smile!
Conventional Metal Braces
Metal or traditional braces have been around for many decades and are the original powerhouses of orthodontic treatment. Thanks to technological advancements in orthodontics, today’s metal braces are smaller, lighter, and much more effective at significant adjustment needs than their bulky predecessors.
Traditional metal braces work by attaching a metal bracket to the front sides of your teeth and securing those brackets together with an archwire. This archwire is held on by elastic ties that come in various colors for ultimate personalization. Every 4-8 weeks, your orthodontist adjusts the archwire to create slight but precise tooth movement for the desired outcome.
Clear braces are an up-and-coming option similar to conventional metal braces. This ingenious option works just like metal braces, except this method swaps the metal brackets for clear or tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic brackets, making them virtually undetectable. Many teen patients have even found that bright-colored elastic ties can create an almost neon effect that really pops!
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
Clear aligners like Spark and Clear Confidence have gained popularity in the last decade as technology has made them more inconspicuous, efficient, and budget-friendly. Similar to the post-braces retainer trays they evolved from, clear aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and make minor adjustments over time for patients needing simple corrections as well as for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems like misaligned teeth, large overbite, no jaw alignment problems, or those who have gaps in their front teeth- an open bite. With this anonymous treatment option, your smile is the only thing they’ll see.
What will work best for you?
We know it can be a tough decision, especially when there is no way for you to know what your tooth and jaw structure look like just from looking in the mirror. We will walk you through a complete oral examination when you come in for your initial FREE consultation. During this tour through your teeth, we will take x-rays and photos to analyze your tooth shape, smile display, and all aesthetic aspects of your lips and mouth. This is done to show you how your smile would benefit from orthodontic treatment and to help us see the functional elements and needs of your teeth and jaws. We want you to know exactly how your face, jaws, and smile would improve from orthodontic treatment and the best way to achieve that goal.
Find YOUR perfect fit with Gleason Orthodontics!
Dental technology is constantly improving, and Dr. James Gleason is committed to giving you the most up-to-date treatments available around Webster and our surrounding areas. You and your family can find the latest braces options to make your new smile fast and affordable to meet your unique needs!
Whether conventional metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners, we are dedicated to giving you the most-personalized care using the latest orthodontic technologies and treatments. Here at Gleason Orthodontics, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to receive outstanding orthodontic care and a beautiful straight smile. We’re in the business of improving your life, and giving you a fantastic smile is our way of doing it! Schedule your FREE consultation to start on your path to healthy and straight teeth!