The Different Types of Braces

There have been many technological advancements over the years when it comes to braces treatment. In the past, braces were known for being awkward, bulky, and painful. Today, patients can enjoy smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable braces than ever before. With these changes come more treatment options, each with plenty of unique orthodontics benefits. At Champlain Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy all the perks that orthodontic technology offers. Let’s take a look at the types of braces our practice offers.

Braces have many benefits, regardless of what kind of treatment you choose. At Champlain Orthodontics, our up-to-date technology and the knowledgeable team can successfully treat many dental issues, including:

Our team creates a customized treatment plan for every unique patient who visits our office. If you or a loved one has been considering orthodontic treatment, our practice offers a variety of affordable options for patients of all ages. Let’s look at these treatment options, how they work, and how we can use them to give you the results you want.

Types of braces

Traditional Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance. These braces are made of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, giving them long-lasting durability! Metal braces don’t require more complex technology or expensive equipment than newer treatments. This makes them a more affordable option. 

Clear braces

Also referred to 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 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’re a little more prone to chipping or cracking. Metal braces tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, so our team may only suggest them if you have more severe oral issues. With the right attention and care, they can be just as effective and comfortable as metal braces!

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system is made up of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit easily over your teeth. They are worn twenty to twenty-two hours per day throughout the treatment process and replaced every one to two weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by one of our orthodontists. This is a popular option for teen and adult patients, much like clear braces, because of its more invisible 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, just take them out, rinse, and you’re good to go!

The Different Types of Braces

Caring for your braces

Regardless of what type of treatment you choose, you’ll have to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine to accommodate your new treatment. If you struggle with brushing and flossing while wearing braces, there are tools available to make the process easier. Waterpiks help rinse any hard-to-reach areas and orthodontic picks can assist with flossing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

One other thing 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 process, you should expect to come in for follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, Dr. Ryan and Dr. Eaton will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. 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 go away quickly. These visits are an essential part of your overall treatment plan. We want to help you get the ideal results you deserve, so be sure to stop by our office!

The Different Types of Braces

Get the best with braces by Champlain Orthodontics

Braces are an exciting start to your orthodontic journey, we want to guide you every step of the way. Our priority is to provide you with a customized treatment plan and a rewarding orthodontic experience so that you can see exceptional results. 

Whether you are considering braces or need a new office to consider, we’re here to help you out! Get in touch to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Ryan and Dr. Eaton or talk through your concerns with us! Your satisfaction is as important to us as your smile.