Metal vs. Clear Braces from your Orthodontist in Pittsburgh
September 3, 2016
Your social media profile is awash with new pictures. The monthly office Happy Hour felt like a photoshoot at certain points because everyone was snapping pictures with their phones. Amid the crowd of happy faces, the only smile you notice is your own. This isn’t because you are particularly infatuated with yourself, but you’re noticing how crooked your teeth are. The perspective of seeing them in a photo really makes them stand out. You’d like to get them straightened, but you can’t imagine looking at picture after picture of yourself with a mouth full of braces. Aren’t they the most reliable solution though? Dr. Gary Cartwright, your orthodontist in Pittsburgh, wants you to know what your options are for braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
One of the most tried and true orthodontic treatments are metal braces. This is because they are guaranteed to straighten teeth if used properly. They are also extremely durable because they are made of stainless steel. This tends to make them the most viable option for children and young teens. They work by using a system of brackets and wires. A bracket is attached to the front of each tooth, and a wire is used to connect them along each arch of teeth, top and bottom. These wires are threaded through metal rings that will be placed around your back teeth. Small rubber bands, or ligatures, are placed on each bracket in order to hold these wires in place. As the teeth move, you will need to visit Cartwright Orthodontics about once a month for these wires to be adjusted. Treatment can last anywhere from 12-24 months depending on the state of your teeth. Traditional braces have gotten a dubious reputation over the years because of the effect they can have on your appearance. Thankfully, they have advanced, so the brackets are much smaller and much lighter weight than previously.
Clear Ceramic Braces
Clear ceramic braces work the same way as traditional braces. The key difference is in the material the brackets and wires are made out of. As the name indicates, a clear ceramic composes the brackets, and the wires and ligatures are colored to match your teeth. These tend to have less of an impact on your appearance than traditional braces, which is why clear ceramic braces tend to be the choice of older teens and adults. They make it easier to maintain your professional image while you are getting orthodontic treatment.
Which One Should I Get?
If you are looking to straighten your teeth and think braces might be right for you, please come see us at Cartwright Orthodontics. That way we can give your teeth a thorough evaluation and see what option might best fit you. Straighter teeth are easier than ever to get these days, so give us a call so we can help you.
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