Dental, or orthodontic, braces are orthodontic devices that are employed to correct the way teeth are aligned and improve their position to create a better bite. Braces are frequently used to address malocclusions (bad bites), such as cosmetic and structural problems that include open bites, underbites, cross bites, overbites or crooked teeth. Orthodontists often use various other orthodontic appliances in conjunction with braces to shape the jaws and teeth, widen the jaws or palate and create spaces between teeth. While a majority of orthodontic patients are kids and teenagers, adults have recently joined the large demographic of people who get braces each year.
Standard, also known as traditional, braces are the most commonly used type of braces. They are stainless steel and the most affordable option. Metal braces are also the cleanest and quickest treatment option. They can be personalized with the help of colored bands that can be changed every month to celebrate an upcoming holiday or match patients' favorite color.
Lingual braces are not typically visible because they are fitted behind the teeth. While they may be appropriate for some clients, lingual braces can cause patients difficulty with eating and talking. They also cost more than standard braces and can take longer to straighten teeth.
Clear braces are made of quartz, plastic, acrylic or porcelain. While clear braces that are made of quartz are appealing to the eye, they are expensive and can damage teeth. Plastic and acrylic braces are outdated and susceptible to staining. Our clear, porcelain braces are made of the highest grade of porcelain due to its stain resistant qualities and appearance. They are a great option if you want straight teeth without the appearance of standard braces. White wires are available for Dr. Fontaine to use in conjunction with clear braces to conceal your orthodontic appliances.