Traditional braces are one of the most effective tools we have for achieving optimal tooth and jaw alignment, and we’re proud to offer patients a variety of orthodontic options, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. If you’re looking for someone you can trust to provide a brilliant straight smile in the Topeka area, the team at Oread Orthodontics is here for you. We proudly create beautiful new smiles for patients of all ages in Topeka, Lawrence and surrounding communities.
Braces treatment with your Topeka braces experts
When you come to our office, our team will collect digital X-rays, photos, and a model of your mouth before we put your braces on. Then we will use the data we collect to formulate a customized treatment plan based on your particular orthodontic needs. This will include information about the movements each tooth needs to make in order to achieve optimal positioning. This data will determine how your brackets are placed.
Once the brackets have been attached, the wire is inserted to provide customized pressure on all the teeth that we want to move. Through a process called remodeling, bends in the wire will encourage specific and precise movements of the teeth. This process involves minor changes in the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. As your braces put pressure on a tooth, cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts form around the root. Together with the wire, this creates negative pressure on one side of the tooth, where bone will be removed. The bone is reformed on the other side of the tooth. This pressure and bone remodeling slowly moves teeth into the correct position.
Remodeling requires constant pressure to be put on a tooth. This means that teeth will often begin drifting back towards their old positions over time once your braces are removed. Fortunately, regular use of a retainer will help prevent this natural drifting and keep teeth in their new positions.
What your braces offer
Modern braces are better than ever, which is good news for you. Every treatment option we offer is excellent and can correct many simple and complex oral problems. Traditional metal braces generally work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, which can shorten your overall treatment time, while also representing a cost-effective option for patients on a budget. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional braces are a big part of why they’ve withstood the test of time and are still the top orthodontic treatment year after year.
The most common type of braces is the tried-and-true traditional metal braces system. Normally be constructed with high-grade stainless steel, these braces work to straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and also more fun than ever – you have the option of choosing colored elastics to add a punch of personality to your treatment! But don’t worry, if you prefer a more subtle approach, we also offer clear or tooth-colored elastics.
Ceramic Braces also do a great job of straightening your smile. They work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made with clear ceramic material instead of metal. Ceramic braces are very popular with our older teen and adult patients because they are such a discrete treatment option. Since the brackets tend to be a bit larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, we normally won’t recommend them for our younger patients. Ceramic braces tend to be used on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth.
You’ll often see results and improvement fairly quickly when you have either kind of braces. This can help increase your confidence in both your smile and the orthodontic process!
Your trusted Topeka braces experts
At Oread Orthodontics, we believe that advanced, personalized care leads to the best, most positive results and orthodontic experience. Our doctors and the rest of our skilled team focus on patients as individuals, no matter the age, personal concerns, or clinical needs. When you choose braces treatment with our practice, we’ll l create a treatment plan that works with all parts of your life. Using our leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology, we will provide efficient, comfortable care that will help you change your smile…and your life!
Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started!