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Traditional Braces

Modern Braces Are Designed to Work Faster

If you have a friend who is wearing Invisalign aligners, then you might assume that this type of orthodontic treatment is appropriate for you.  However, most orthodontic patients have moderate to severe misalignments of their teeth that require treatment with traditional metal braces instead of aligners. While you might feel disappointed that braces are the best treatment choice for your teeth, the good new is that modern braces work faster than they used to. Improvements in the design of the braces, as well as superior wire technology, make today’s modern braces much better and work faster than those used by orthodontists in the past.

traditional steel braces

Traditional steel braces

Braces Can Improve Other Health Problems

Aligners are designed to make small changes to a patient’s teeth, but these devices usually can’t correct major problems such as overlapping teeth or wide spaces. If you are an adult who did not have access to orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager, then wearing braces can help eliminate or reduce other problems that are caused by dental misalignments. By wearing braces, you can fix many orthodontic problems including a bad bite that makes it difficult to chew food and in some cases, can lead to migraine headaches, bruxism or respiratory difficulties. With advances in modern braces, a bad bite or other teeth alignment problem can be fixed faster and with more accuracy.

Children Must Wear Braces Instead of Aligners

Alternatively, children cannot wear Invisalign aligners because they generally do not have all their permanent teeth in, and there is too much temptation to remove, slowing the process of tooth movement. Children’s mouths also change rapidly, and the molds that an orthodontist creates may not fit correctly in only a few weeks. Because of these reasons, approximately 90 percent of the patients who visit an orthodontist will require some type of braces rather than aligners to repair their malocclusions. However, they don’t need to worry about having a mouth that is full of ugly metal brackets and wires because the newest treatments are more attractive. In addition, if you want to have a natural-looking smile while wearing braces, then you can request color-matching ceramic brackets and invisible wires.

Malocclusions That Require Treatment With Braces

An orthodontic examination is the only way to determine if you can wear aligners, but braces are often more appropriate for these types of problems:

  • Under Bites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Deep bites
  • Crooked teeth
  • Jaw abnormalities

Our metal braces are made of surgical-grade stainless steel and use wires made from either stainless steel or a nickel-titanium “memory” alloy.  Many of our patients enjoy decorating their braces with bright colors which they can customize at each visit. Call The Wright Center for Orthodontics

At The Wright Center for Orthodontics located in California, Dr. Chad Wright or Dr. John Feusier will discuss your, or your child’s treatment options to help make a decision concerning the best types of braces for your needs. Depending on the type of malocclusion that a patient has along with their age and overall health, treatment with braces typically requires between 18 to 30 months to complete. Call our office for a free consultation today so we can help you decide what is the best treatment for you or for your child.