Back in the day, patients really only had one option when it came to straightening their teeth: metal braces. While metal braces are still an effective treatment, advances in orthodontics have resulted in an array of choices. At your consultation, Dr. Chan will help you determine which type of braces are best suited to your particular situation and smile needs. Here’s what’s on the menu at Richard Chan Orthodontics:
Metal braces have seen some major improvements in their design and they’re less noticeable and way more comfy than they used to be. They work really well for treating kids, teens and adults, even those with severe bite issues. Younger patients love having the opportunity to personalize them by choosing their elastic colors.
Ceramic braces, sometimes called clear braces, are similar to metal braces in that they too use brackets and wires to straighten the teeth. However, the brackets are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with your smile. Ceramic braces are popular with adult and older teen patients thanks to their cosmetic appeal.
Self-ligating braces are yet another form of braces with brackets and wires but they have a notable exception: there are no ligatures (elastic or metal ties). They use a slide mechanism to hold the memory wires in place and allow them to move naturally with the teeth. They work faster, are more comfortable and Dr. Chan has to perform fewer adjustments so you’ll spend less time at the office.