Types of Braces
Braces are a tried-and-true method for correcting your oral misalignment issues and crooked teeth. Currently, approximately four million people in the U.S. wear braces, with one million of those being adults. Not only do braces correct appearance problems, but they can also correct and prevent physical problems caused by misaligned teeth and jaws. Braces are an important tool for achieving dental health.
I’m a current patient. This is my second round of braces. The staff members are so caring and friendly, and Dr Monacell genuinely cares about his patients and giving them the best smile/treatment possible. He is very thorough and explains everything. I have a young child and if he ever needs orthodontic treatment I will absolutely take him to Dr Michael office!
Orthodontic Problems Treated by Braces
Many orthodontic problems can be treated with braces, including:
- An overbite is when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower ones, causing wear on the teeth, possible jaw pain and aesthetic concerns.
- A crossbite is when some of your top teeth fall inside of your bottom teeth when you bite down, often causing aesthetic issues, tooth decay, abnormal jaw growth and gum disease.
- Crowded teeth and a misaligned bite can prevent some teeth from emerging, causing them to become impacted. Impacted teeth are often painful and infected.
Dr. Monacell prepares an individual treatment plan for each patient and offers you the best options for your particular orthodontic issues.
Metal, or traditional, braces are the most common type of dental braces used in orthodontic treatments. Metal brackets, which are durable and more comfortable than ever before, are bonded to the front of each tooth and act as anchors holding the archwire in place.
Suitable for some patients, clear ceramic braces offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal. The clear brackets are bonded to the front teeth and act as anchors holding the archwire in place. Ceramic braces are slightly less durable than the traditional metal brackets due to the material’s composition.
Clear Aligner Systems
Some patients can be treated with clear plastic aligners that are nearly invisible and can be removed for dental care, eating and drinking. The patient wears a series of slightly differently shaped appliances over a matter of months or years to correct tooth alignment.
Lingual braces are an invisible version of metal braces. They are applied to the back, or lingual, side of your teeth so they do not affect your appearance.