Types of Braces in Southampton and Bensalem, PA

Traditional Metal Braces

metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

 

Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic ties, meaning less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastic ties to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and may require fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

 

Radiance™ Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

 

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

invisalign

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable plastic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

 

LingualWirelign®

LingualWirelign® is an orthodontic procedure that straightens teeth invisibly without the use of braces or removable aligners.  It is the first lingual (behind the teeth) orthodontic treatment modality that incorporates aesthetics, efficiency, and most importantly comfort during the alignment process.  The combination of the super-elastic properties of nickel titanium wires and the innovative approach of bonding these wires directly to the teeth makes the LingualWirelign® Procedure unique compared to other forms of orthodontic treatment.

 

 

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