Find out what options you have for fixing your crooked smile.
Getting braces is something from which many people can benefit. While it may be obvious that orthodontic treatment will finally give you the smile you want and improve your appearance, having a straight smile can also improve the health of your teeth and gums and reduce your chances of decay and even potential damage to teeth (e.g. cracks or chips). From the office of our Conroe, TX, dentist Dr. Thomas English, here are the different orthodontic options available to you.
Traditional Metal Braces
This is the most well-known type of braces and one that’s most commonly used because they can handle a variety of different misalignments, from minor to more complicated. Brackets are bonded to the front of teeth and connected to each other by bands and wires. It’s the wires that apply the proper amount of pressure to shift teeth into the ideal position.
While metal braces may not be ideal for those looking for a more subtle approach, metal braces can be more efficient, particularly for more complex issues. Plus, the metal braces of today are sleeker, lighter and contain less metal than the ones from decades ago.
Clear Traditional Braces
If you need traditional braces in order to tackle your orthodontic issues but you loathe the idea of sporting a mouth full of metal than you can still get the treatment you need and the results you want with tooth-colored traditional braces instead. Instead of metal, brackets are made from porcelain or ceramic so they blend in more naturally with the rest of your smile.
Did you realize that the traditional braces that we bond to the front of your smile can also be bonded to the back of your teeth? That’s right. If you want a discreet way to straighten your smile and you hate the idea that everyone will see only metal on your teeth then it’s time to talk to our Conroe, TX, general dentist about lingual braces.
Lingual braces are custom-made to fit your teeth so they are a bit more expensive and the treatment process is a bit different than with traditional braces. We would be happy to tell you more about the treatment process with lingual braces if you are interested in this option.
The idea of wearing bracket-and-wire braces may frustrate teens and adults who want to fix crooked or otherwise misaligned smiles. Luckily, there are clear, removable systems on the market that can straighten your smile just by wearing custom-made clear aligners made from medical-grade plastic. Absolutely no metal is used and people won’t immediately even know that you have braces.
Whether you have questions about the orthodontic treatments we offer or you are ready to chat with us about one of our offerings, don’t hesitate to call our Conroe, TX office today.