Which Type of Braces Should You Choose?
Tried and true, but more exciting than ever! With new styles including clear, gold and shaped braces, you can go incognito or bling-bling while we create your dream smile. Braces use a combination of brackets, wires and elastics to place a constant, gentle force on the teeth in a carefully controlled direction. With time, a beautiful smile and healthy bite will unfold!
Traditional Metal Braces
If you’re a little old school with a cool vibe and you’re already thinking about all of the different color combinations you can create, then these are the braces for you! Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when you mention Gainesville orthodontics. Yet, these braces have evolved immensely in the last few decades. Made from top-quality stainless steel, metal braces adhere to the front of each tooth using a medical-grade cement. A thin wire, called an archwire, connects each bracket and adjusts tooth alignment with gentle pressure throughout treatment. During periodic check-ups, Dr. Mullally will adjust the metal braces and change the ligatures on each bracket.
You're fancy, you’re bold, you're sophisticated. No shame here, we’ve got you covered. Wear that bling with pride. You know your friends will be jealous. Gold braces are the statement-making cousin to traditional metal braces. As with traditional metal braces, your Gainesville orthodontist, Dr. Mullaly, uses metal brackets and an archwire to slowly align the teeth and perfect your smile with gold braces. The only difference between the two styles is the thin layer of gold overlaid on the stainless steel. And while gold is a soft metal, your gold braces have the same durability and reliability as their traditional cousin.
Ceramic (Clear) Braces
Ceramic braces are a popular choice of braces for adults who want a less conspicuous orthodontic option than traditional metal braces. When ceramic, or clear, braces were first introduced in the 1980s, the brackets were made from easy-to-stain plastic. Today, this type of braces uses brackets made from stain-resistant ceramic. The metal archwire threads through the transparent brackets, which are generally less visible than metal braces. The brackets come in two colors — semi-translucent, which are good for highly whitened teeth, or tooth-colored, which better matches teeth that are slightly less white.
Shapes (Wildsmiles & Mascot Braces)
Gators, diamonds, hearts, and stars, oh my! Mix and match however you want and show your free spirit and your Gator pride. When you choose Wildsmiles and mascot braces, there’s no conceding proper orthodontic treatment while flashing a personal smile. Instead of square brackets, Wildsmiles are brackets made in custom shapes or mascot logos. This style is large enough to make the bracket details visible when you smile! No matter your age, Wildsmiles and mascot braces are a great way to tell the world who you are while achieving a beautiful, healthy smile!
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth as braces do. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while throughout treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle with clear aligners. While braces with metal can cause mouth abrasions during treatment, clear aligners contain no metal. Treatment with clear aligners requires patients to switch trays every two weeks. Each new tray provides subtle adjustments as treatment progresses. Invisalign is the most popular type of clear aligner and can be used to treat dental issues for teens and adults.
Which Type Of Braces Is Right For Me?
When thinking about braces, it’s okay to feel slightly overwhelmed by the options and wonder which one is right for you. But after meeting with Dr. Mullally, you’ll be assured that the braces you choose is the option for your specific goals and needs. The first step in figuring out the appropriate type of braces for kids and adults is a comprehensive evaluation. This includes digital scans of your mouth and teeth as well as a full oral examination. Dr. Mullaly also takes your personal preference into account when choosing orthodontia. Some patients are willing to participate in a longer treatment if it means their braces aren’t visible. Others prioritize a short treatment plan and don’t mind their braces being visible.
Along with treatment goals, your Gainesville orthodontist evaluates the condition of your teeth and overall oral health. A patient may need to use a palatal expander for some time before they can have braces put on. Whatever your needs are, Dr. Mullally explains how every stage of treatment will fit into the overall treatment plan. Dr. Mullally works with many general dentists, so each patient is able to eventually enjoy both a beautiful and healthy smile.
At Studio32 Orthodontics, our entire team works with each patient to decide which type of braces is right for them. Your personal preference and overall treatment goals become ours. Each patient receives compassionate care using the latest orthodontic technology, which leads to efficient and long-lasting results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!