The Different Types of Braces

There have been many advancements in orthodontic treatment over the years. Braces have gone from being bulky, awkward, and painful to smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable to wear than ever. And with these advancements comes more treatment options available for patients to choose from. At Luv Braces, we want you to enjoy all the benefits our office of up-to-date orthodontic technology has to offer. Let’s take a look at the types of braces our practice offers.

There are a wealth of benefits to getting braces, regardless of which type of treatment you choose. At Luv Braces, our state-of-the-art technology and well-trained team are able to successfully treat many dental issues, including:

Every patient has a unique smile, our team creates a personalized treatment plan for everyone who comes into our office based on their specific needs. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment to achieve a more perfect smile, we have a wide range of affordable options available for patients of all ages, including braces. These are the most popular treatments, year after year, 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

Metal braces

Metal braces are the most common and widely recognized type of orthodontic treatment. These braces are made out of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, so they are very durable and long-lasting. Metal braces don’t need some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, so they also tend to be a more affordable option. 

Ceramic braces

Also known as clear braces, ceramic braces function in much the same way traditional metal braces do but are 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 option is particularly popular amongst adults and older teens 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 can tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may only suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. But with the right attention and care, they can be just as effective and comfortable as traditional metal braces!

Lingual braces

This option is for patients who want more customizable options. For this treatment, Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour will take a digital scan of your teeth, then they’ll create a treatment plan. Your brackets and robotically bent archwires will be created to achieve your ideal smile. The lingual system is self-ligating technology built into the braces that give Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour more control and precise tooth alignment. They require fewer appointments, are more comfortable and discreet, and provide excellent results.

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system is made up of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth. You’ll likely 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 your orthodontist. Much like ceramic braces, this is a popular option for older patients because of its more discreet aesthetic.

Invisalign offers patients a little 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 and rinse them and you’re good to go!

The Different Types of Braces

Caring for your braces

Regardless of 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 effectively 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 diet changes. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so you will likely need to avoid these kinds of foods during your treatment. These changes will take time to adjust to, but you will eventually get used to them and they won’t last forever. Any minor frustrations will be more than worth it once your braces come off and see how your smile has completely transformed.

During your treatment, you should schedule follow-up visits in our office every four to eight weeks. During these appointments, our doctors will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups are usually brief, so you can get back to school or work on time. There may be 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 exceptional results you deserve, so don’t forget to stop by!

The Different Types of Braces

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!