Small, Sleek & Comfortable
The reliability, affordability, and results that come with traditional metal braces are why these orthodontic workhorses are still the most popular treatment for creating beautifully aligned smiles. For a long time in their history, braces could be bulky, uncomfortable, and painfully obvious.
Now's a great time to get braces, since they are now smaller, sleeker, and far more comfortable than ever before. This improves both the look and the feel of braces, so patients can get the look they want without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics. At Hann Orthodontics, we offer metal braces as well as ceramic braces.
Traditional metal braces are typically made of a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. This makes the brackets extremely durable and long-lasting. Braces also tend to be fairly straightforward compared to some newer methods of treatment, since they don’t require as much in the way of advanced technology and expensive equipment. This can sometimes make them a slightly more cost-effective option.
Traditional braces don’t have to be boring! The elastics that fit around the brackets can come in many different colors, and can easily be matched to a patient’s personality, favorite sports team, high school colors - the options are endless! For patients who prefer a more subtle, discreet look, we also offer silver, gray, and clear elastics.
Ceramic braces are an excellent option for adult orthodontic patients. Also known as clear or porcelain braces, these function in the same way metal braces do, but they offer an important cosmetic alternative by using clear brackets. Though the ceramic braces are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, they are much less obvious. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and ties, they become even less noticeable, making them a fantastic choice for patients who aren’t candidates for Invisalign, but want a look that is close to the clear aligner system.
The clear brackets will not stain, but the elastic ties can become discolored. This will generally happen through habits like smoking, or drinking black coffee or red wine regularly, but is a temporary issue since patients receive new elastics at every check up. Ceramic braces can sometimes be a less durable option than metal braces, due to the material involved in making them, and they may be more prone to breakage. They also tend to be slightly more costly. This is why we will generally recommend them to our adult patients only, rather than children or teens.
Caring for Braces
It’s especially important to take good care of your teeth during orthodontic treatment. An excellent oral hygiene routine is a necessity for successful results! Proper dental care can take a little extra time and effort when wearing braces, but brushing and flossing thoroughly and regularly helps to keep teeth and gums in top condition. Patients who work with their orthodontist to care for their appliances as well as their teeth and gums will help ensure the best, most beautiful smile once braces treatment is complete!