Most of us don’t have perfectly straight teeth, but fortunately, it’s easier than ever to get braces with a wide variety of options to suit all ages. If you think you may need braces, contact the doctors at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas. The team serves patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. Book online or call the office today.
Yes. There are three main types of braces: traditional, ceramic, and clear aligners. The material the braces are made from and how they’re placed on the teeth are the biggest differences. Both traditional and ceramic braces are affixed to the teeth, while clear aligners can be removed to eat, drink, floss, and brush your teeth.
Traditional braces are made of stainless steel, although they’re much lighter in weight than they were years ago. Metal brackets are cemented to each tooth and are linked together using an archwire. When you come in for your checkups, we tighten your braces to create the proper tooth movement for your treatment plan.
The process for ceramic braces is identical to traditional braces, however, the materials used are different. With ceramic braces, the stainless steel and metal parts are replaced by tooth-colored or transparent materials, making the braces much less visible.
Clean aligners are removable, and they’re a popular option for braces for both teens and adults. Invisalign® is one brand of this type of braces. With clear aligners you get a set of about 24 aligners that you switch out every one to two weeks, depending on your treatment plan. Dental Access recommends wearing your aligner for about 22 hours per day, but you can remove them to eat, drink, floss, and brush your teeth.
The principle behind braces is to apply pressure to move teeth over time. Regardless of whether you have clear aligners or a “bracketed” braces system like traditional or ceramic braces, pressure is applied to your teeth, which causes them to slowly move in a specific direction based on your treatment plan.
Braces can be an effective treatment for all ages. Many adults get braces for a variety of reasons, such as to correct bite issues. With the advances in braces that include clear braces and aligners, you can fix long-standing issues or just get that smile you’ve always wanted. Contact Dental Access for a consultation to discuss your goals.