Rhinelander Types of Braces

Types of Braces

As a Rhinelander, Minocqua / Woodruff, Eagle River, Phillips and the greater Northwoods area orthodontist, we work to create beautifully straight smiles. Patients throughout the 54501 area trust us to transform their crooked teeth and misaligned bite into the perfect smile that looks and feels amazing. The first step is to schedule a consultation so that we can examine the teeth and jaw, discuss what you do not like about your smile and make a recommendation for a customized treatment plan.

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            Find the Braces that are Right for You

            Each person is unique. You will never find a smile that is exactly the same as someone else’s. While many people come in complaining of similar issues like an overbite or gaps between their teeth, we base our treatment of those problems on the entire picture. We take into account the health of the patient, their age and oral health issues, before determining which orthodontic solution is best. If you live in the Rhinelander, Minocqua / Woodruff, Eagle River, Phillips and the greater Northwoods area call (715) 365-1777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua Bruce and discuss which types of braces are right for you.

            Types of Braces
            Traditional Metal Braces

            At Bruce Orthodontics, we offer traditional metal braces since they are still one of the most effective ways for straightening teeth and transforming smiles. While these types of braces have been in use by orthodontists for decades, the technology continues to improve. In the past twenty years, the metal brackets and wires have become significantly smaller. Metal braces are more difficult to see and no longer monopolize a patient's smile. While the metal is still obvious, more of the natural tooth shines through.

            Traditional metal braces work by having Dr. Joshua Bruce place a metal bracket onto each tooth. The bracket looks like a small rectangle. Once secure, we thread a thin metal wire through the brackets. We then ensure the wire stays in place by using rubber bands. Kids have the ability to select the color of their rubber bands, and can change them at each visit. Kids are able to have some fun with the rubber band colors based on their mood or the holiday season. For example, they can have their rubber bands match the colors of their favorite football team during the playoffs.

            These braces are also the least expensive option, making them ideal for both children and adults. Traditional metal braces are known for dependable results and are still one of the few solutions for effectively moving a child's teeth into position.

            Ceramic Braces
            Patients throughout Wisconsin often ask us about clear ceramic braces. This is an excellent solution for patients who want to straighten their teeth, but do not want anyone to notice. Since the ceramic bracket is difficult to keep clean and take care of, we usually recommend ceramic braces for adults. If you stain the bracket, your tooth will appear as the stain color for the rest of the treatment process unless we replace it. A child may not be able to handle such a large responsibility, which makes metal braces a more practical solution.

            As an orthodontist, the process for applying ceramic braces is similar to metal ones. The main difference being that the bracket is a tooth-colored ceramic material instead of metal. Simultaneously, the wires can be made of a tooth-colored material as well. This helps them to blend in, something that our patients appreciate.

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            Other Teeth-Straightening Options

            Lingual Braces
            These types of braces are unique and not suited for everyone. At Bruce Orthodontics, we do not recommend lingual braces for complex cases as it is difficult to access the brackets and wires. While lingual braces are of the same materials as metal braces, we place them behind your teeth. The placement makes them difficult to notice, an excellent choice for those who want to straighten their teeth discreetly.

            The challenge with lingual braces is that they are difficult to access, making them an inferior option when the patient needs to complete more complex bite adjustments. They are also more expensive due to the additional labor time that goes into installing and maintaining them. While patients enjoy that lingual braces are virtually invisible, some do complain about the discomfort of having metal brackets and wires in that position. If you are considering this option, we recommending calling 715-365-1777 and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Joshua Bruce to discuss the procedure in further detail.

            For those that do not want to wear brackets at all, Invisalign®, also known as clear aligners, is an ideal option for straightening teeth. Patients throughout the Rhinelander, Minocqua / Woodruff, Eagle River, Phillips and the greater Northwoods area wear aligners without anyone else noticing. Invisalign® is a set of clear aligners that surround both your upper and lower teeth. We have a dental lab create the aligners after taking several impressions of the patient's teeth. Each aligner targets specific tooth and moves the teeth closer to being straight. The patient switches out the aligner with the next one in the set every few weeks to a month. After using all of the aligners, the teeth will be perfectly straight. This is an ideal solution for people that have busy lifestyles and do not want to visit the orthodontist on a regular basis. While some checkups are necessary, they are less frequent because lab technicians create the aligners in advance.

            Another advantage patients experience when wearing aligners is that patients can remove them while eating and brushing their teeth. However, a patient will need to wear an aligner for 22 hours a day. Patients throughout the local area find it convenient that they can continue eating their favorite foods and caring for their teeth while receiving an orthodontics treatment. As a result, there is a lower risk of staining or damaging aligners when comparing them with traditional braces. The drawback is that aligners can be more expensive and are easy to lose by accidentally throwing them away. At Bruce Orthodontics we will recommend that patients keep their aligners in a special case to help prevent patients from throwing the aligners away in the garbage.

            Types of Braces: Multiple Options to Choose From
            At Bruce Orthodontics, we offer several types of braces so that you, our patients, can select the option that works best for straightening your teeth. Our treatment plan will not encumber your lifestyle or work requirements. As an orthodontist, we can help you to select the option that works for you now and in the future.

            Traditional Metal Braces

            Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable 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 colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

            Self-Ligating Braces

            Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

            Clear (Ceramic) Braces

            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. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

            Clear Aligners

            Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

            Lingual Braces

            Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.

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