The Different Types of Braces

There have been many technological advancements over the years when it comes to braces treatment. They’ve gone from being bulky and painful to lighter and more comfortable than ever. With these advancements come more treatment options to choose from, and each comes with unique orthodontics benefits. At Dillehay Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy everything that modern orthodontic technology has to offer. Let’s look at the types of braces our practice offers.

Regardless of what type of treatment you decide on, there are many good reasons to get braces. At Dillehay Orthodontics, our up-to-date  technology and experienced staff can successfully address many dental issues, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Our team creates a customized treatment plan for every unique patient who visits our office. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, our practice has a variety of affordable options available for patients of all ages, including braces. Let’s take a look at what these treatment options are, how they work, and how we can use them to give you the best results.

Types of braces

Traditional Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most popular type of orthodontic appliance. These braces are made out of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, giving them long-lasting durability! Metal braces don’t need the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, so they are often a more affordable option. 

Clear braces

Also called “ceramic braces,” clear braces function in much the same way metal braces do. The difference is that this option is made from tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Clear 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 choice is popular amongst adults and older teen patients because of their nearly invisible appearance.

The only disadvantage of clear braces is that they are slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may only suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. With the proper care and attention, they can be just as effective as metal braces!

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system is made of clear, removable aligners customized to fit easily over your teeth. They are worn twenty to twenty-two hours per day throughout the treatment process and replaced every one to two weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by one of our orthodontists. Much like clear braces, this is a popular option for older patients because of its more subtle appearance.

Invisalign offers patients more flexibility compared to traditional braces. You can remove them during meals, so there are fewer diet restrictions, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. When it’s time to brush and floss, just take them out, rinse, and you’re ready to go!

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces use low-profile brackets that rest on the back of your teeth to achieve minor tooth movement. Our MTM No-Trace System brackets gently guide your teeth into correct alignment in as little as twelve to twenty-four weeks. They’re comfortable, invisible, and cost a fraction of the cost of full-mouth traditional braces.

The Different Types of Braces

Caring for your braces

You’ll have to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine regardless of what type of treatment you choose. If you struggle with brushing and flossing while wearing braces, there are tools available to make the process easier. Waterpiks help rinse any hard-to-reach areas and orthodontic picks can help 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 changes to your diet. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so it’s best to avoid these kinds of foods during your treatment. Just remember, these restrictions are temporary! Any minor frustrations you experience will be more than worth it once your braces come off and you see your new smile.

During your braces treatment, you should plan to come in for follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, Dr. Dillehay will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups are usually brief, and we respect your time, so you won’t have to miss much time away from school or work. There may be some 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 best possible results, so remember to visit our office!

The Different Types of Braces

Get the best braces at Dillehay Orthodontics

At Dillehay Orthodontics, you know you’ll get a smile you can’t wait to show off. We’re dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care in an upbeat, caring office. With two locations in Wichita and one in Derby, you’re always right around the corner from a beautiful smile. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with all things braces!