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By Sudbury Family Dental Care
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: Orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Different Types Of BracesBraces are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth, realign the bite, and close gap between teeth. Many people are familiar with traditional silver-tone braces in which brackets are mounted on the front of the teeth. However, other types of braces are also available, including ceramic and lingual braces, both of which offer the benefit of being discreet. A dentist or orthodontist can help you decide which braces type is right for you. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu and their associates are your professionals for orthodontics.

Types of Braces

There are three different types of braces available for achieving the smile you desire. The three main types include ceramic, metal, and lingual. All three types of braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands. The brackets are cemented to the teeth in the front of the mouth, while bands are placed around the molars in the back. Wires are used to connect all the brackets and bands together. Braces cause the teeth to move in the desired direction by exerting slight pressure on the teeth.

The brackets are mounted on the front of the teeth with both metal and ceramic braces. Ceramic braces offer a more discreet option because the brackets are clear and blend in with the teeth. By contrast, the brackets used with metal braces are silver-tone and are readily noticeable against the teeth. Lingual braces also use silver-tone metal brackets. However, the brackets are cemented to the backside of the teeth, making for another discreet option. The staff at your Sudbury dental office can help you choose the right braces type for you.

Clear Aligners

In addition to the different types of braces, there is another option for straightening teeth called clear aligners. Clear aligners straighten the teeth with removable trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are made of a soft plastic material so they are comfortable to wear. They are also discreet since the plastic is clear. The aligner trays can also be taken out briefly to eat, brush, and floss. Clear aligners are a great alternative for straightening teeth, but braces are the right option for correcting misaligned bites, such as overbites or underbites.

You have several options for straightening your smile. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu and their associates can help you select which braces type is right for you. For braces and other types of orthodontics in Sudbury, contact Sudbury Family Dental Care at (978) 443-5193.

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: Straighter Teeth  

Orthodontic treatments can correct a variety of problems in teens and adults, including crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Orthodontics can also be used to close large gaps between teeth. At Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA, our orthodontics specialists can help improve your smile.

Types of Orthodontics

There are several different types of orthodontic treatments available in Sudbury. These include clear aligners, traditional metal braces, clear braces and lingual braces. In some cases, other orthodontics appliances, such as headgear, might be required. The processes for most of these treatment methods are similar. The first appointment involves taking x-rays and molds of the teeth that will be used to develop an appropriate treatment plan for your teeth.

Traditional metal braces involve the installation of brackets on each tooth. The brackets are connected to one another with metal wires that run along the top and bottom rows of teeth. Metal braces are quite effective at shifting and realigning the teeth. One drawback is that, because they are silver and are placed not the front of the teeth, they are readily visible. Clear braces work just like silver ones but have the advantage of being less conspicuous since they are made from ceramic or composite materials that blend in with the teeth.

Lingual braces utilize brackets and wires, just as both metal braces and clear ceramic ones do. The difference with lingual braces is that the brackets and wires are placed on the backs of the teeth so they are not noticeable to others, which is appealing to many orthodontic patients. Lingual braces, as well as both metal and ceramic braces, can straighten teeth and correct problems with alignment.

Clear aligners offer another orthodontic method for straightening teeth but are not used to correct alignment problems. Instead of brackets and wires, clear aligners straighten the teeth using soft aligner trays that fit over the entire row of teeth, much like a mouth guard. The trays are removable, which is convenient when eating or brushing. The removable feature makes it less likely food particles will get stuck, as can easily occur with braces.

Whether your bite needs realignment or you just want straighter teeth, orthodontics can improve both the appearance and function of your teeth. For orthodontics in Sudbury, MA, visit Sudbury Family Dental Care. You can schedule a consultation by calling (978) 443-5193.