Types of Braces Elmhurst
Clear Ceramic Brackets
Self Ligating Brackets
Thanks to modern technology and recent improvements in the design and materials used for manufacturing of braces, patients have many choices when it comes to choosing them. Today’s brackets are smaller, stronger, more efficient and less noticeable. Metal braces are the most familiar; however, clear ceramic brackets are now available for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less noticeable, ceramic brackets are slightly larger and more fragile and require more attention to oral hygiene. Some of the designs named ” self-ligating brackets” incorporate a special clip, active or passive, that secures the wires to the bracket slot, for increased efficiency during adjustments and increased patient comfort and oral hygiene. A few of these most commonly used braces are Damon brackets (ORMCO) , Innovation R and Innovation C brackets (GAC), along with numerous other names and similar designs from most of the manufacturers (Forestadent, American Orthodontics, etc). A bracket is a bracket… is a bracket….your orthodontist will help you make the right selection, in appreciation of your particular needs. Remember, it is NOT the bracket that moves the teeth, but the wires that apply gentle constant pressure, under the orthodontist’s guidance, once we have the right diagnosis. And the patient’s compliance wearing elastics, showing up for appointments and not breaking excessively any single bracket twice has a lot to do with completing treatment in record times, with quality results.
Lingual Braces (Incognito™, Innovation L, Adenta SLL) conventional or self-ligating are another alternative for completely undetectable treatment. These lingual brackets are made of metal/ gold alloy and customized to each patient’s archform, bonded indirectly via a tray to the inside surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible. Just as conventional braces affect the cheeks and lips, these braces will initially affect the tongue and alter your speech for little while. It will take between one and four weeks for patients to adjust to their new lingual braces. Because special instrumentation, equipment and staff training are required for this technique, the cost is a few thousands more than conventional braces. Treatment time is the same as with other conventional braces. Many patients choose to have lingual braces on the top and clear braces in the bottom, or lingual braces on both arches.