Types of Braces2022-08-03T04:34:43+00:00

 What types of braces are available at Amazing Smiles?

Types of BracesAt Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we provide a full range of braces, from standard stainless steel braces to self-ligating braces and many types and kinds of braces in between where we will provide descriptive details. Below are some of the best braces options that are offered at Amazing Smiles.

Traditional Metal Braces

Standard or traditional metal braces refer to the most common style of braces. Metal braces are made of small stainless steel brackets applied directly to the front of your teeth. These kinds of braces are adjusted using a small wire that connects to each bracket. Also, there are different colors available with the bands used with traditional braces. Metal braces have evolved to be small, more pleasant to wear, and efficiently better overall.  Your orthodontist at Amazing Smiles applies these kinds of braces using a dental adhesive, which is carefully attached to your teeth without damaging the tooth or enamel.

Patients that would need this type:

  • Best for fixing overcrowded teeth
  • Several crooked teeth that need fixing

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, sometimes called clear braces, are similar to traditional metal braces but are made from a material that matches your tooth color. Clear ceramic braces or tooth-colored material tend to make up the variety of tones available to patients. These braces perform the same function as standard metal braces but give the look of less metal, which is sometimes more appealing to our patients. When it comes to ceramic braces vs. metal braces, ceramic is offered as an alternative form however, patients should understand that these slightly larger braces can stain easier when it comes to particular foods and beverages.

Patients that would need this type:

  • Fixing overbite issues
  • For crooked teeth
  • Complex dental issues
  • Ceramic braces provide more discretion

Clear Aligners

Provided clear aligners happen to be exactly what a patient imagines when they have presented this specific option. A transparent aligner that is molded to slowly fix crooked teeth. Clear teeth aligners are a removable alternative for anyone who wants to have a completely transparent smile. Clear aligners are meant for limited cases that need only a subtle correction. Everything from shorter appointments to being allowed to floss and brush easier with the easy removal of the aligners is available. However, patients will be given a guideline for how long their clear aligner should be left out and how long they should leave the aligner in place to settle.

We will always share with our patients what the best clear aligners are available.

Patients that would need this type:

  • Minimal to mild dental issues
  • Crooked teeth

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a newer kind of braces that are almost the same as traditional metal braces, but instead of attaching brackets to the front of your tooth, your orthodontist secures them to the back of each tooth. This makes your braces much less noticeable and allows your smile to look natural throughout your time using braces. Recent advancements in technology have allowed lingual braces to be intimately contoured to the inner shapes of the upper and lower teeth increasing their comfort and minimizing their impact on speech.

Patients that would need this type:

  • Complex to severe orthodontic issues
  • Patients that don’t want to hide their smile

We offer many different types of lingual braces and anyone can ask about what we offer.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces may sound the same as metal braces. Instead, self-ligating braces don’t use elastics (rubber bands), or metal ties. Instead this system uses special clips or brackets with a spring-loaded door. The brackets maintain pressure on the arch wire, helping to move the teeth along at a steady pace. While self-ligating braces do require adjustments, they do not get “tighten adjustment” the same way as traditional braces. The spring-loaded doors “tighten” the wires in place instead of an elastic tie.

Patients that would need this type:

  • For anyone with several crooked teeth
  • During your visit, an orthodontist will explain if self-ligating braces are the best option for your dental issue

How will you know which braces are right for you?

During an appointment with one of our orthodontists, we will go over even more detail about your braces options. We’ll weigh the pros and cons of each treatment modality with you and decide together which option is right for you before moving forward. You and your orthodontist will likely consider the following when deciding between different braces choices:

  • Personal preference– You’ll decide whether you want a removable retainer, braces with color, less noticeable braces, etc.
  • Dental health needs– Some types of braces are better than others at addressing certain dental problems, such as gaps or overbites.
  • Budget– Some braces options are more expensive than others. Speak with our staff to discover different payment options and accepted insurance providers before making your decision.

To learn more about types of braces, speak with one of our providers at Amazing Smiles. For over thirty years, our practice has provided the highest quality of affordable dental care to patients in Forest Hills, Brooklyn, Long Island, and the surrounding areas. We are the go-to specialists for orthodontic care, recommended by dentists all over the New York City area. Call us today at 718-275-3200 or schedule an appointment using this form.

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