Choosing The Right Braces For You

Because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, it’s essential that you’re comfortable with the look and feel of your teeth. If you want to straighten your smile, there are a few things you should think about before getting braces.

Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments. They’re used to repair all levels of alignment concerns, from crooked or crowded teeth to serious bite issues. But how do they work? Braces function by putting gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. Depending on the severity of the condition and your individual treatment plan, the process might take several months to a couple of years. Braces come in a variety of styles, including standard metal braces and more discreet ceramic braces. In certain circumstances, invisible aligners may be a solution as well. Before deciding on the type of braces, you should consider the following:

    • Personal hygiene routines and habits
    • Aesthetics 
    • Budget
    • The severity of your orthodontic problems

The ideal type of braces for you will be determined by your specific needs and preferences. Dr. Liatti and his team at Encinitas Orthodontics are passionate about helping their patients achieve a straighter smile that can greatly boost their self-esteem while also improving their dental health!

Self-Ligating Bracket System

Self-ligating braces are a form of brackets in which the wire is held in place by a special “sliding door” clip. This clip is intended to reduce friction and resistance, making the braces more comfortable to wear and less prone to cause discomfort. Self-ligating braces are also more efficient than regular braces and require fewer adjustments. As a result, overall treatment time may be reduced and you will not have to come into our office as frequently. 

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are what most people picture when they think of orthodontic treatment. They are made up of metal brackets that are affixed to the teeth and are linked by a thin metal wire called the archwire. Tightening the archwire exerts pressure on the brackets and teeth, gradually repositioning them. 

Metal braces are sturdy and long lasting, making them perfect for correcting more difficult misalignment problems. Thanks to advances in the field, they are much more sleek and comfortable, making them an attractive option for individuals of various ages. Metal braces, while not as unobtrusive as other forms of braces, are nevertheless a time-tested, trusted, and effective treatment for achieving a straighter smile.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are another popular choice in orthodontic treatment with braces. Clear braces are significantly less visible, making them a popular choice for patients who are self-conscious about their looks, particularly our adolescent patients. Although more discreet, clear braces are just as effective as traditional metal braces, and both types of braces use bracket-and-wire technology to reposition the teeth and align the jaw bones to create a beautiful, healthy smile. The main difference is that clear braces are made from tooth-colored ceramic material, allowing them to blend right in with your natural smile!