A Guide to Select the Right Dental Braces and Retainer

Improving your oral health and having a strong set of teeth requires an orthodontic treatment. Maintaining your beautiful smile includes taking care of your gums and teeth. Treatment can help with these or other dental problems you may be experiencing with the aid of braces and a retainer. Depending on your condition, treatment may take from 18 months to two years. It is recommended to visit the dentist every four to six weeks for checkups.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces serve the same purpose as traditional braces and are the same size and shape. However, instead of metal brackets and wires, they feature clear brackets that blend in better with teeth. Some even have tooth-colored wires as well.

 The following are some of the benefits of ceramic braces:

Ceramic braces are less noticeable due to their similar contrast to the natural shade of teeth.

Modern ceramic braces are stain-free because the ceramic options available today do not stain. Keeping to a teeth-cleaning routine recommended by our dentist, you can easily maintain them.

Comfortable to wear and less Irritating than other dental alignment options.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are convenient to wear. This type of braces is made from the same material as traditional braces, but do not require elastics. Self-ligating braces are also more comfortable to rinse and clean, as elastic bands and metal ties are not used. They are the same size as traditional braces and come with traditional, ceramic or clear brackets. Because no elastics are used, less friction is placed on teeth. Instead, a specialized clip is used to reduce the pressure placed on teeth, meaning fewer adjustments are needed.

The assembly of self-ligating braces provides more room for teeth movement which means more comfort.

These adjust automatically as they align, resulting in fewer visits to our dentist. 

Traditional Braces

Brackets and wires used for conventional braces are typically made of metal or stainless steel. This dental alignment method is very efficient, as the metal components tend to be more durable and quickly effective during treatment. Luckily, today’s conventional braces are smaller in size and shape. The wires used in this treatment are heat-activated by your body's temperature to move your teeth quickly. Additionally, conventional braces provide a fun factor: colored bands for the brackets. The bands will be replaced monthly, allowing you to customize the color each time you visit our dentist. This alignment method is more economical than its alternatives.

For contact details on a dentist near your area, search the internet for ‘dentist near me,’ and you will have a selection to choose from. Visit Weatherford Orthodontics in Weatherford, Oklahoma, for consultation and guidance on braces and retainers from our dentist.