What Are Traditional and Cosmetic Braces?
With modern technology and many orthodontic improvements, braces are more comfortable and affordable than ever. Dental Beauty Wellness Center provides a wide variety of traditional and cosmetic orthodontic treatments to cater to the many needs and wants of our Greenwood, Martinsville, and Columbus, IN patients. Traditional braces offer unique customizations that are not possible with removable clear aligners and other orthodontic options. Many of our patients favor metal braces as it allows them to display their personality by choosing different colored elastic bands; others prefer more cosmetically appealing braces that blend in with the teeth more. To learn more about traditional and cosmetic braces, schedule a consultation with doctors of dental surgery Dr. Jon Hendrickson and Dr. Samantha Rahrig at our office in Trafalgar, IN.
What Can I Expect When Getting Braces?
After an initial examination, we will create a treatment plan for your specific needs. On the day of your appointment, your teeth will be properly prepped and cleaned prior to placing your metal or clear ceramic brackets. After we've painted the bonding agent on your teeth, your brackets will be placed. Once all the mounts are done, we will thread the wire through them and attach the bands. We offer a wide variety of colors for a fun look, as well as white for a more seamless appearance. The application process generally moves quite fast and patients feel no discomfort. Before you leave, someone from our team will educate you about how to best clean your teeth and offer you helpful tips. As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal. Keeping all your appointments and bi-annual cleanings can also help ensure optimal outcomes. Most patients typically use braces for 1 – 2 years, but it will depend on your particular needs.
Metal and Cosmetic Braces FAQ
Do metal braces work faster than other options?
Metal braces treatment has been dramatically refined over the years with new developments to often provide better, faster results than other teeth straightening options. How quickly metal braces can straighten the teeth will depend on several factors, including the severity of teeth misalignment and the complexity of the case.
Are metal braces painful?
No, the application of metal braces to the teeth doesn’t hurt. However, as the braces begin their work to straighten the teeth, patients often will experience some soreness and slight discomfort as their teeth are moved into alignment.
What is the difference between metal braces and cosmetic braces?
The only difference between cosmetic braces and metal braces is the material they’re made from. Cosmetic braces are often called “invisible” braces because they are made from materials that match the natural color of the teeth, the most common material being ceramic. Both work 24/7 to straighten the teeth for quicker results.
How long do you usually have to wear braces?
It depends on the severity of the teeth misalignment, but typically, braces are worn for 18 — 24 months. In general, the earlier braces are applied, the faster the treatment.
Straighten Your Teeth for A Stunning Smile
In recent years, there have been many advances in dental and orthodontic care for patients of all ages. Nevertheless, braces still remain among the most effective methods at Dental Beauty Wellness Center to create a beautiful smile. Contact our office in Trafalgar, IN to schedule a consultation with doctors of dental surgery Dr. Jon Hendrickson and Dr. Samantha Rahrig to learn more about the traditional and cosmetic braces options we offer, as well as Tru-Smile clear aligners.