Are Metal Braces Your Only Option?
Teenagers have been using them for decades, but it’s become more common for adults to try them, too.
We aren’t going to promise that they will make you look cool, but you will probably be happy with the end result.
We’re talking about braces. They are just one of the many ways people have tried to straighten their teeth over the years.
And since 1927, when stainless steel braces were introduced, metal braces have been the most widely used method of repositioning crooked teeth. It would be understandable if some people thought that was their only option to address alignment issues.
That won’t be the case if you visit Hubbard & Leath Dental in Rochester Hills, MI. Our dentists have multiple options for patients to consider.
Our goal is to the find the option that’s right for you.
Knowledge And Experience
Our dentists are proud to be able to offer comprehensive dental care for our patients. They also have made and continue to make continuing education a priority.
For instance, our own Dr. Hubbard studied with leaders in orthodontic care, and it has remained an important part of his work as long as he has been a practicing dentist.
The knowledge and experience are invaluable for anyone who comes to our office for a consultation about braces or other treatments.
Knowing Your Options
At Hubbard & Leath, we have three methods of moving your teeth.
They are metal braces, ceramic braces, and ClearCorrect plastic aligners. Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
► Metal Braces
Like we mentioned earlier, metal braces have been around in some form or another for close to 90 years. There’s an excellent reason they are still used today — they work.
If we determine together that metal braces are the best option for you, we will need to attach brackets to your teeth.
An archwire runs through the braces. This wire guides the movement of your teeth by applying pressure to your brackets.
Many braces have small rubber bands that are attached to the brackets call ligatures. These help keep the bracket connected to the archwire.
Last, but not least, you also may have elastics. These can be attached to the brackets to provide additional pressure if needed.
Metal braces may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but there are ways to make them better reflect your personality. We can attach ligatures of different colors, and we can change colors when you have your braces adjusted.
► Ceramic Braces
From a functional standpoint, ceramic braces can do practically everything that metal braces can.
Many adults who are looking for a way to straighten their teeth prefer the ceramic braces. We won’t say they are invisible, but they are more discreet than metal braces.
Because the brackets are made of ceramic material, they are less obtrusive in everyday situations. You may not feel comfortable giving a presentation with metal braces on your teeth. You may be concerned that the braces could distract from what you are trying to say.
With ceramic brackets — which more closely match the color of teeth — your colleagues will be focused on what you are trying to tell them instead of what’s inside your mouth.
Ceramic braces can be a great option for teenagers, too, particularly if they may feel self-conscious about drawing attention to their teeth.
This is one of the newer ways to straighten teeth, but it has been around long enough to prove that it can and will correct multiple alignment problems.
This may not be recommended for the most severe misalignments, but it does work for a lot of patients with a myriad of issues.
This system uses no brackets or wires. Instead, you receive a custom-designed set of plastic aligners. They are made of clear plastic, which makes them more discreet than braces when you are wearing them.
This is an excellent option for someone who wants to be able to remove their aligners a few hours each day. That really isn’t an option with braces.
Which Option Is Right For You?
You may have an idea of which treatment you prefer. After our consultation, we will be able to tell you which option will give you the best long-term results.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want to recommend the treatment that will give you the straight teeth and smile that you desire.
To schedule your consultation, use our online form or call 248.266.2528.