Braces

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are comprised of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets.  Some patients may also have metal bands encircling back teeth.  Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands called “ligatures” or “o-rings.”  Brackets are generally made of stainless steel.  Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

We use high-grade stainless steel braces, NiTi archwires, and a variety of elastic colors, allowing you to customize your braces.

ceramic Braces

Traditional ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them next-to-invisible. They are affixed to teeth, and wires are threaded through slots in the brackets. Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands called “ligatures” or “o-rings.” Brackets are made of ceramic or porcelain materials. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

Self-ligating ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them next-to-invisible.  They are affixed to teeth, and wires are threaded through slots in the brackets.  Built-in clips hold the wires to the brackets.  Brackets are made of ceramic or porcelain materials.  Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

timeline for getting braces

1

Initial consultation with orthodontist 

(30-60 minutes)

2

Initial records

(30-60 minutes)

  •  X-rays 

  • Photographs

  • 3D scan of your teeth

3

Discuss tx options &

start braces

(60 minutes)

  • Braces placed

  • Referral made for extractions if needed

4

Regular visits

every 6-8 weeks

(30 minutes)

  • Mild cases (6-12 months)

  • Moderate (12-24 months)

  • Severe (24+ months)

5

End of treatment

(60-90 minutes)

  • Braces removed

  • Teeth polished

  • Final records 

  • Retainers given

6

Retainer check

every 3-6 months

(15-30 minutes)

  • Retainers must be worn full-time for first 4 months

  • then every night afterwards