At Egger Orthodontics, getting braces is not difficult – in fact, it is a very smooth process. When you know what to expect, you can look forward to getting your braces worry-free. Dr. Nadine Egger prepares an individual treatment plan for each and every one of her patients, and offers you the best options for your particular orthodontic needs.
Types Of Braces
Braces are a tried and true method for correcting your oral misalignment issues and crooked teeth. Currently, approximately four million people in the U.S. wear braces, with one million of those being adults. Not only do braces correct appearance problems, they can correct and prevent physical problems caused by misaligned teeth and jaws. Braces are an important tool for achieving ideal dental health.
Egger Orthodontics offers many options to help you or your child attain a healthy smile with straight teeth! We are here to help you assess the options and find the best type of braces for you. Read the descriptions below for braces and clear aligners options.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable and efficient today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding fun colors for a more unique and colorful smile!
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts.
Modern technology allows us to use a special process and materials to glue the braces right to the surface of the teeth. We don’t have to remove any part of the tooth or drill holes in the tooth to do this, they adhere right to the outside of the tooth. This process usually takes about 15 minutes depending on how many teeth are receiving braces. It’s a quick and easy process!
Orthodontic Problems Treated By Braces
Many orthodontic problems can be treated with braces, including:
- An overbite is when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower ones, causing wear on the teeth, possible jaw pain and aesthetic concerns.
- A crossbite is when some of your top teeth fall inside of your bottom teeth when you bite down, often causing aesthetic issues, tooth decay, abnormal jaw growth and gum disease.
- Crowded teeth and a misaligned bite can prevent some teeth from emerging, causing them to become impacted.
- Impacted teeth are often painful and infected.