At Chestermere Station Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer our clients multiple options for braces to choose from. All braces types share the common goal of straightening your teeth. You now have many different options to choose from, all at different price levels to help suit your budget.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces available, and they are more comfortable today than ever. These braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, and they straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Additionally, with metal braces, you now have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile!
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, they do not require the use of elastics. This means fewer appointments as well as less friction placed on the tooth structure. These are also a bit more hygienic as there is no elastic present to accumulate plaque and debris on the teeth.
These braces come in a choice of traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces. However, they use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Although they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
Clear aligners like Invisalign are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays. While they straighten your teeth like braces, they do so gradually over time. The best thing is that not only are the aligners invisible; they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while undergoing treatment. In addition, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and contain no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Since these braces are completely customized to match the shape of your own teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.