If you are considering having your teeth straightened, this post is for you. Today’s article provides information about some of the newest types of braces.
Two proprietary orthodontic systems advertised in the Grand Prairie area are Invisalign and Damon Smiles. Damon Smiles has created a new device used with the traditional method while Invisalign takes an entirely new approach.
With old-school metal braces, the wires are connected to the teeth with brackets. Damon Smiles designed the passive slide mechanism. The wires in Damon Smiles braces pass through a clear plastic bracket that allows the wire to gently move as teeth are pulled into place. Many orthodontists and patients believe this state-of-the art system provides more flexibility, less pressure, and less friction.
The name Invisalign is an apt description of what this technologically-advanced system does: align teeth invisibly. With Invisalign, patients receive custom plastic aligners that fit snugly over the teeth. Every couple of weeks, as the teeth move, the patient changes the aligners. Patients appreciate the fact that Invisalign trays are barely noticeable and they don’t restrict a normal diet. It is also helpful that they are easy to keep clean.
Two variations on old-school braces are ceramic braces and lingual braces. Note that these terms are not brand names.
Ceramic braces work just like traditional metal braces except they are far less noticeable. The brackets on the teeth are made of tooth-colored ceramic and they also offer the option of tooth-colored wires.
Lingual braces are also constructed similar to traditional metal braces, except they are positioned on the inside of teeth – tongue side.
Each of these systems has pros and cons with price being a vital factor for many orthodontic patients. For an evaluation of your orthodontic needs and a recommendation on which system to settle upon, call 817-274-7875 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Ratcliff at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are passionate about first rate dental care including comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Whether you need an exam and cleaning or a complete smile transformation, we look forward to serving you.