Metal braces remain the most common type in use, but they’ve definitely come a long way the last few years. Today’s braces have smaller, less noticeable brackets, and the elastics that hold the arch wires in place come in all shades of the rainbow, which allows you to be as colorful or as discreet as you want.
Even better, modern arch wires use your body heat to move teeth more effectively with less discomfort.
Clear ceramic braces are a practical alternative to traditional braces, offering the same smile-enhancing benefits without the noticeable look of metal.
The brackets may be made of a variety of ceramic and composite materials, but you will usually hear us refer to them as “ceramic”.
*Note: these materials are more brittle and sensitive to breakage than metal brackets.
Caring for Braces
- Elastics must be worn at all times and changed daily in order to maintain a consistent force on the teeth.
- Hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy foods must be avoided during treatment time.
- Soreness is normal for several days following the placement of new braces and adjustment appointments.
- Salt water rinses and over-the-counter pain medications can help to relieve soreness.
- Use the wax provided to place on brackets that cause irritation.
- Braces and wires should be brushed and flossed after each meal.
- Special mouth guards should be worn during sports play.
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