Learn More About Your Options for Braces
At Adirondack Orthodontics, we offer comprehensive orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages. There is no right or wrong time to begin orthodontic treatment; however, we have found that by starting certain treatments early, even before adult teeth have erupted, we can alleviate some issues and shorten future treatment time. We may even be able to eliminate the need for some treatments altogether!
Orthodontic appliances are generally broken up into two categories: those which are fixed (glued onto your teeth) and those which are removable. Here at Adirondack Orthodontics, we offer metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign.
Metal braces are some of the most commonly applied orthodontic appliances, and it’s no wonder. These braces can correct a wide range of issues, including the following:
- Crooked teeth
- Improperly aligned teeth
- Gapped teeth
- And more!
Our orthodontist will apply the brackets to the surfaces of your teeth using orthodontic glue. Once the glue has set, wires and colored ties are placed on the brackets. Over time, the metal braces work by applying continuous pressure to slowly move your teeth into the desired positions.
Best of all, today’s metal braces are smaller, smoother, and more comfortable than ever before. The brightly colored ties allow you to express your personality. Plus, they are very cost-effective. You’ll be enjoying a brilliant and straight smile before you know it!
If you are looking for a discreet orthodontic option, clear braces might just be for you. These braces are generally made from porcelain and blend with your teeth nicely.
The main difference between clear braces and metal braces is aesthetic: clear braces are applied and work in much the same way as metal ones. In fact, just as with metal braces, you have a choice when it comes to the color of your bands. Select clear bands for an ultra-discreet appearance, or opt for colored ones and watch your chosen colors pop!
Clear braces are often surprisingly affordable, and we would love to tell you more about them. If you are interested in learning more, just let us know. We’ll go over the entire treatment process and help you decide if this the best option for you.
Invisalign is the most recognized clear aligner brand in the world, and it is great for patients who do not want to have brackets and wires. Through the use of a sequence of clear (translucent) appliances, teeth are moved from their current positions to optimal places. Invisalign can help fix overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, gaps, and rotated teeth.
Invisalign is the most discreet option for treatment; someone would have to look very closely at your teeth to determine that you were having orthodontia done. You can also continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods and drinks throughout the course of treatment.
If you’d like to learn more about our Invisalign treatments, then visit this page for more information.
One Final Note
It is not the type of appliance selected by the patient that determines the outcome of treatment, but rather the clinical skills of the treating orthodontist. In the majority of cases, you can select the appliance that best suits your lifestyle, and the orthodontist will handle the rest.
We at Adirondack Orthodontics have years of experience in all of these treatment types. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you understand all of your options and help you pick the one that is right for you!