Braces have undergone many technological advancements over the years. They’ve gone from being bulky and painful to smaller and more comfortable than ever. With these advancements come more treatment options to choose from. At Luv Braces, we want you to enjoy all the benefits advanced orthodontic technology has to offer. Let’s go over the types of braces our practice offers.
There are many benefits to getting braces, regardless of which type of treatment you choose. At Luv Braces, our up-to-date technology and experienced team can successfully treat many dental issues, including:
- Overbite or underbite
- Crowded teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Every patient has a unique smile, and so our team creates a personalized treatment plan for everyone who comes into our office. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment to achieve a better smile, our office has a wide range of affordable options available for patients of all ages, including braces. These are the most popular treatments, so let’s take a look at what they are, how they work, and how we can use them to give you the results you want.
Types of braces
Traditional Metal braces
Traditional metal braces are the most popular and widely recognized type of orthodontic treatment. These braces are made out of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, giving them long-lasting durability. Metal braces don’t need the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, so they are often a more affordable option.
Also referred to as clear braces, ceramic braces function in much the same way metal braces do. The difference is that this option is made from tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Ceramic braces are roughly the same size and shape as metal braces, but they blend in with your natural smile for a more discreet treatment option. This choice is especially popular amongst adults and older teen patients due to their nearly invisible appearance.
The only disadvantage of ceramic braces is that they are slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may only suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. With the right attention and care, they can be just as effective and comfortable as metal braces!
Invisalign clear aligners
The Invisalign system is made up of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth. You’ll have to wear them twenty to twenty-two hours per day throughout the treatment process and replace them every one to two weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by one of our orthodontists. Much like ceramic braces, this is a popular option for older patients because of its more discreet appearance.
Invisalign offers patients more flexibility compared to traditional braces. You can remove them during meals, so there are fewer food restrictions, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. When it’s time to brush and floss, just take them out, rinse, and you’re ready for the day!
Caring for your braces
No matter what type of braces treatment you choose, you’ll have to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine to accommodate your mouth’s new condition. If you struggle with brushing and flossing while wearing braces, there are tools available to make the process easier. Waterpiks help rinse any hard-to-reach areas and ortho picks can assist with flossing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Another thing to consider is changes to your diet. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so it’s best to avoid these kinds of foods during your treatment. Just remember, these restrictions won’t last forever! Any minor frustrations you experience will be more than worth it once your braces come off and you see your beautiful new smile.
During your treatment, you should expect to come in for follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups are usually brief, and we are an on-time office, so you won’t have to miss much time away from school or work. There may be some residual soreness following these adjustments, but this should go away quickly. These visits are a very important part of your overall treatment plan. We want to help you get the extraordinary results you deserve, so don’t forget to stop by our office!
Give your teeth some love, at Luv Braces
No matter what kind of orthodontic treatment you’re looking for, you deserve the right team who can provide a satisfying experience. At Luv Braces, our mission is to provide high-quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages in the Austin and Bee Cave areas. If you’re interested in learning more about the variety of treatment options we provide, our team would love to meet you.
Dr. Tahbaz, Dr. Rezapour, and our friendly team are standing by with the education and experience you need to reach the smile of your dreams without giving up the sport you love. Schedule a FREE consultation today to get your custom mouth protection for prolonged oral health!