Braces have come a long way in the past few decades. In the past, they’ve been known to be bulky, awkward, and sometimes even painful. But advancements in orthodontic technology have designed braces to be lighter and more comfortable to wear than ever before. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we believe patients deserve all the benefits that modern orthodontic technology has offered. Let’s go over the types of braces that our practice has for you to choose from.
There are a wealth of benefits to getting braces, regardless of which type of treatment you choose. At New England Orthodontics Specialists, our state-of-the-art technology and educated team are able to successfully treat many dental issues, including:
Every patient has a unique smile, and our team creates customized treatment plans for everyone who comes into our office, based on their specific goals. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment to achieve a healthier smile, we have a wide range of affordable options available for patients of all ages, and this includes braces. Braces are the most popular treatment at our office every year, so let’s take a look at what they are, how they work, what treatment looks like, and how we can use them to give you the results you want.
Types of braces
Metal braces are the most common and widely recognized type of orthodontic treatment. These braces are made out of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, making them very durable and long-lasting. Metal braces don’t need some of the complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, so they also tend to be a more affordable option. They also require elastic bands for bite correction, and these bands come in a variety of colors so you can add some fun personality to your treatment.
Also known as ceramic braces, clear braces function in much the same way traditional metal braces do but are made from tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Clear braces are roughly the same size and shape as metal braces, but they blend in with your natural smile for a more discreet treatment option. This option is particularly popular amongst adults and older teens due to their nearly invisible appearance.
One disadvantage of clear braces is that they are slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces can tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may only suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. But with the right attention and care, they can be just as effective and comfortable as traditional metal braces. Another downside is that ceramic braces can be a bit pricier. But no need to worry. We offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees!
Invisalign clear aligners
The Invisalign system is made up of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth. You’ll likely have to wear them twenty to twenty-two hours per day throughout the treatment process and replace them every one to two weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by your orthodontist. Much like clear braces, this is a popular option for older patients because of its more discreet aesthetic.
Invisalign offers patients a little more flexibility compared to traditional braces. You can remove them during meals, so there are fewer food and dieting restrictions, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. When it’s time to brush and floss, just take them out, rinse them and you’re ready to go!
Caring for braces
Regardless of what type of braces you choose, you’ll have to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine to accommodate your mouth’s new condition. If you struggle with brushing and flossing effectively while wearing braces, there are tools available to make the process easier. Waterpiks help rinse any hard-to-reach areas and ortho 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.
Diet changes are another thing to consider when you get treatment. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so you will likely need to avoid these kinds of foods during your braces treatment. These changes will take time to adjust to, but you will eventually get used to them and they won’t last forever. Any minor frustrations will be more than worth it once your braces come off and see how your smile has greatly improved.
During your treatment, you should schedule follow-up visits in our office every four to eight weeks. During these appointments, our doctors will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups are usually brief, so you can get back to school or work on time. There may be residual soreness following these adjustments, but this should go away quickly. These visits are a very important part of your overall treatment plan. We want to help you get the exceptional results you deserve, so don’t forget to give us a visit!
Give your teeth the best at NEOS
There have been many advancements in orthodontic care over the years, and we want you to enjoy all the advantages they have to offer. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we offer a warm and professional office environment with up-to-date dental technology. No matter what kind of treatment you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral hygiene during treatment, our expert team is always here to help set your mind at ease. Get in touch with us today or schedule a FREE initial consultation or follow-up with Dr. Diana or Dr. Neil in our offices in Beverly, Topsfield, South Hamilton, or Salem.