Braces are not as scary as most people think! Technology has advanced a lot in recent years, providing us with newer styles of braces. The result is a faster, more comfortable, and more effective appliance. Braces come in different colors, styles, and materials, so everyone can customize their look and express their personality.

At Radiant Orthodontics, we offer two different options for traditional braces, each with their own benefit. The only difference is the material of the bracket itself. Both still use wires that put gentle, gradual forces on your teeth to move them.

Metal Braces

Today, traditional metal braces are still the most popular option for orthodontic treatment. Composed of stainless-steel brackets with wires to move teeth, they have evolved significantly with modern technology. The brackets are smaller and more comfortable, and the wires are more flexible and gentler than those of the past. These new appliances and techniques greatly reduce discomfort levels and decrease the frequency of visits.

Ceramic/Clear Braces

Some teens and adults are reluctant to have traditional braces, so we proudly offer clear ceramic braces as an alternative. Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional metal braces, as they use the same wires, but the brackets are made from ceramic instead of stainless-steel. These brackets are made to be as clear and inconspicuous as possible, making your orthodontic treatment less noticeable. It is important to note that these brackets are more delicate, requiring extra caution when eating, and may become discolored by tea, coffee, wine, other dark foods, and smoking.

Life with Braces

Life can go on quite normally with braces! You can still play wind instruments and sports! However, there are a few things to keep in mind because the braces need to last your entire treatment for fast and effective results.

  • Be careful when eating chewy, hard, or sticky foods. These foods may loosen braces or break wires, which will increase your treatment time.
  • Do not chew or bite objects such as pens, pencils and fingernails.
  • Use a mouth guard made for braces when playing contact sports to protect yourself.
  • Take care of your teeth properly to prevent cavities and gingivitis by brushing, flossing, and visiting your general dentist every 6 months for cleanings and check-ups.

We will review all instructions with you, so you will know exactly what to do!

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