If you’ve been considering pursuing orthodontic treatment, now is a great time to get started! Orthodontic technology has come a long way in recent years, and Bluebird Orthodontics is proud to offer a variety of unique and efficient treatment options to patients of all ages! Here at our office in Commack, Dr. Dorie Frank and her expert team are able to successfully treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including:
- crowded teeth
- gaps between the teeth
- protruding teeth
- impacted teeth
We’re able to correct these problems using several treatment methods, including traditional braces. Braces continue to be the most common type of orthodontic treatment and are easily the most recognizable, as well. Today’s braces are smaller, more aesthetically pleasing, and more efficient than ever before, making them a much more appealing option to many orthodontic patients. This updated design has resulted in a better orthodontic experience, from start to finish.
You may be wondering what your options are when it comes to the different types of braces that are available today. Let’s take a closer look at the types of braces available from Bluebird Orthodontics, how they differ, and how braces can be used to give you the smile of your dreams!
What are traditional braces?
Traditional braces are made up of metal or clear brackets that are attached to the teeth then tied together by wire and tiny rubber bands or elastics. This method of treatment is especially useful when correcting complex tooth issues and can work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might. This has the potential to shorten your treatment time, although this will vary from patient to patient. The average treatment time, however, tends to be from 18-36 months.
In the early days of treatment, many patients experience a slight learning curve when it comes to caring for their braces. Don’t worry, though, it gets much easier with time! A good oral hygiene routine should be a priority for everyone, but when you’re wearing braces, it’s absolutely essential. Since food can get stuck in those hard to reach places, which can lead to bacteria growth. Thankfully, there are a number of tools designed to make cleaning braces easier, including Waterpiks, which help rinse those hard to reach places, and ortho piks, which assist with flossing. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and floss every night before bed, in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Since sticky and crunchy foods can cause damage to the brackets and wires, it’s important to avoid them during the course of your time in braces. While it can take some getting used to, just remember that it won’t last forever! Your frustrations will be more than worth it when you get your braces removed and see your beautiful new smile for the first time.
While you’re wearing braces, you can expect to visit our office every 4-8 weeks or so for a check-up. These appointments allow Dr. Frank to check on the progress of your treatment, as well as change any bands that may need replacing as well. These appointments are usually fairly quick, so you’ll be able to return to school or work on time! You may experience some slight soreness after these adjustments, but they’re only temporary.
These visits are a very important part of your overall treatment plan. In order to ensure the best results in the quickest time, you should always do your best to make your appointments!
Types of braces
Made out of stainless steel, nickel, and other high-quality metals, metal braces are very durable and long-lasting. Modern braces are much more comfortable and lighter than they’ve ever been, including smaller brackets and customizable bands that add a little personality to your smile. Metal braces have a long track record of delivering excellent results and are especially useful in cases that are more severe or complex.
Since they don’t need some of the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, metal braces also tend to be a slightly more affordable treatment option. The overall strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness of traditional braces keep them the top treatment in orthodontics, year after year.
Sometimes referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, ceramic braces function in much the same way metal braces do, with the added benefit of tooth-colored ceramic brackets. While ceramic braces are about the same size and shape as metal braces, they’re better able to blend in with your natural smile for a more subtle straightening option.
Although ceramic braces are tough, the material they are made out of is slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces can tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, they may be a better option for younger patients or if you need more complex corrections.
Here at Bluebird Orthodontics, we aim to keep treatment affordable. That’s why we offer ceramic brackets at NO extra cost than metal ones! However, since ceramic brackets can be more prone to breakage, we feel they’re better suited for adults and older teens. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastics, ceramic braces are an incredibly subtle and efficient way to achieve a beautiful, straight smile.
Clear aligner therapy
Clear aligner therapy consists of custom removable aligners that are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth. Much like traditional braces, these customized aligners gently shift your teeth into their desired positions. To accomplish this, you’ll wear your aligners 20-22 hours per day throughout the course of your treatment, replacing them every 1-2 weeks for the next aligner in the system.
Clear aligner therapy gives patients a little more freedom and flexibility than traditional braces. There are no food restrictions with aligners, since they can be removed when eating or drinking, and they’re easy to keep clean since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. You can simply remove your aligner and brush and floss as you normally would!
Find the braces that work for you at Bluebird Orthodontics
Here at Bluebird Orthodontics, we believe that every smile is unique. What works for one patient may not be the best option for another. That’s why Dr. Frank creates a completely customized treatment plan for each patient she sees! She’ll take into consideration your specific needs, lifestyle, and smile goals when determining the course of treatment that’s best for you.
If you’re looking for high-quality orthodontic care in Commack or the surrounding communities, Dr. Frank and the team at Bluebird Orthodontics are here for you! Contact our office today to schedule your FREE consultation!