Why Braces

For the vast majority of orthodontic patients, wearing fixed appliances (commonly called braces) will be a major part of treatment — and those braces, for the most part, will be the familiar silvery-metal type. But while they're still quite popular, traditional-looking metal braces are no longer the only game in town! Let's have a look at some of the options available in orthodontic appliances.

First, we should distinguish between fixed and removable appliances. Fixed appliances like braces are attached to the teeth by metal bands or special cement. They aren't normally taken off until treatment is complete.

Metal Braces

Traditional Metal Braces.Typically made of high-grade stainless steel, traditional metal braces remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances. A thin, springy metal wire, running through the brackets, gently guides the teeth into a proper position.

There are many good reasons why time-tested metal braces remain popular — because they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. In contrast to the appliances of the past, today's braces are actually smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear.

 

Ceramic braces

Damon ClearClear ceramic braces are a new variation on the traditional system that provides a far less noticeable method of treatment. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color. This system has become a favorite for adults (including some well-known celebrities) because, unless you look closely, it's hard to notice they're there.

Damon Clear is part of the Damon System Dr. Bouquein uses in his practice.

Ceramic braces cost more than metal — but for many people, the benefit of having an inconspicuous appliance outweighs the costs.

 

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