Over the generations, orthodontics has continued to improve and evolve into a simpler and more effective teeth straightening process. It is has become simpler for both the dentist and the patient because of the continual advances in medical technology within the dental industry.
At Smiles 4 Texas, located in the Memorial City area, we offer every type of braces available: traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign (clear braces). By offering these options, we also understand that not every mouth needs the same type of braces. It depends on the patient’s current oral situation. Do they have misaligned teeth? Crooked or gapped teeth? Or do they suffer from malocclusion? All these issues come into play when choosing the best braces to use.
Our orthodontist conducts a thorough evaluation of every patient’s mouth and teeth to ensure that the correct type of braces are chosen. We understand the importance of having straight teeth and a beautiful smile, which is why we do our due diligence with every patient.
Which Type of Braces Do I Need?
As we mentioned before, one set of braces does not fit all, and with the advancements made in orthodontics, the option is no longer just metal braces. Here are the options for braces at Smiles 4 Texas and why many of our patients choose or are encouraged to choose a certain type:
Traditional Metal Braces
These types of braces have been around the longest and are the groundwork for where we are today with braces. Metal braces are the least expensive type of braces, but are also the strongest and are typically used for patients with severe dental issues.
Patients prefer these type of braces because they match the color of their teeth. These braces do not stand out nearly as much as traditional metal braces. These are, however, slightly more expensive than metal braces, but are less expensive than clear braces (Invisalign). Ceramic braces are strong, though not as strong as their counterpart - metal braces, and are used for cases that are relatively severe, though extreme problems are typically left to traditional metal braces.
Clear braces, known as Invisalign, have been the major breakthrough in orthodontics because of the freedom they allow patients. Invisalign are removable braces that help patients who suffer from gapped, misaligned or crooked teeth, though typically not in severe cases. Our patients often choose Invisalign braces because they are clear. These type of braces are the least recognizable and allow for patients to continue their daily life without experiencing a major change to their appearance. Invisalign braces can also be removed during the day allowing patients to brush their teeth or eat without braces. Although they are removable, these clear braces must remain on the teeth for no less than 22 hours per day.
DO YOU NEED BRACES?
The average amount of time it takes for patients to have their teeth adjusted and completely straightened is 18 to 24 months. This is a very short time considering you will have the rest of your life with straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
Regardless of which type of braces you require, our dentists will ensure you will have the correct option along with the best treatment. If you suffer from misaligned, crooked, or gapped teeth, or a more severe case, then contact our Memorial City office today at 713-360-7963 and schedule your appointment with our orthodontist and receive the smile you’ve always wanted.