The Different Types of Braces

Have you ever been worried about your smile? Is there something about it that you don’t like? That’s normal for most people at some point in life. Fortunately, there are things you can do about it. Thacker Orthodontics has offices in Cincinnati and Hillsboro to help you learn all you can about the different types of braces. 

Now before you click that “back” button, hear us out. Thanks to movies and TV, you might have been given the wrong impression about braces, but we’re here to change how you think about them. More than that, we want you to know that orthodontics can change your life. 

The Original Solution: Metal Braces

Tried and true, metal braces have been in use for generations. When most people hear the word braces, they likely imagine bulky metal brackets and wires. Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan think it’s time for patients to rethink metal braces. 

Stainless steel and nickel are two kinds of metals that comprise the braces. These brackets have small “slots” in them, and when Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan thread the wire through the brackets, he is using a tailored wire to shape your mouth and teeth. Depending on your treatment plan, the doctors may also use elastic bands. Think of these bands like additional support for your teeth. 

Concerned about comfort? We understand. Rest assured, today’s metal braces are much smaller, more flexible, and more comfortable than those of the past. 

Achieving Clarity About Clear Braces

“Wow! You got braces!” The doctors understand that many patients don’t want attention called to themselves, so if you decide against metal braces, he may suggest clear braces as an alternative. Just like the name suggests, these braces are transparent. That way, you can give yourself a discreet solution. 

You might also hear clear braces described as “ceramic,” “tooth-colored,” or “aesthetic.” By design, they pair well with your natural smile. With clear braces, you can smile wide, and no one will be the wiser. 

You might opt for colored ligature ties to give your braces some personality. These colored ties add a genuine sparkle to your smile when contrasted with the clear braces. Colored bands are a great way to make braces fun during your treatment. 

Worried about your clear braces when eating? There’s no need. Thacker Orthodontics’ clear braces are made to take a beating. You can eat and drink as you usually would. Feel free to go about your daily activities while relying on the quality of your braces. 

Your Teeth Might Need Invisalign

Perhaps the most convenient way to straighten your smile is with Invisalign. One standout feature of Invisalign is that it functions much like a retainer rather than braces. When you wear braces, you can’t take them off to eat or brush your teeth. But since Invisalign is a removable retainer, you have the additional perk of being able to take it out when you have a meal or get ready to brush and floss. These activities might not be as easy with more traditional braces. 

But how does Invisalign work exactly? 

First, Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan will X-ray your teeth. The X-rays will show the unique contours of your mouth, jaw, and teeth. 3-D images will then give themthe blueprint from which to design your special Invisalign retainers. That’s right! Your retainers will fit you and only you! 

As a general principle, most patients wear Invisalign for about 9 – 15 months. During that time, you may go through 18 – 30 Invisalign retainers. Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan will work with you to determine your particular treatment and time frame. 

Do All Kinds of Braces Work For Everyone? 

When you hear the word “braces,” what do you think of? If it wasn’t something positive, Thacker Orthodontics wants to change how you feel about braces. One way we will do that is by dispelling some stereotypes about braces. 

Above, we mentioned a few options for braces: 

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces 
  • Invisalign 

The doctor will assess your needs and fit you with the best braces for you. No matter how old (or young!) you are, braces can help you have the smile you were destined for. You read that right! Whether you’re 4 or 84, it’s never too late to enhance your smile. 

Not Just For Kids

You don’t need teeth to smile. Ever seen a baby’s gummy smile? Then, you know! You don’t have to have teeth to have a smile. But, if you’re old enough to have adult teeth, you’re old enough to wear braces. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that you get your little one’s teeth examined by age 7. At that time, your child’s mouth will have developed enough for Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan to detect anything that is developing abnormally. Early detection is the best means of prevention. 

Tweenagers, Teenagers, and Beyond

Middle and high school can be tricky. Dr. Jim and Dr. MaryEvan know that young people want to look their best. Clear braces or colorful ties on metal braces are definitely an option for teens and tweens. 

Yes, Even Adults Can Wear Braces

Worried that you waited too long for braces? Well, you’re in luck. Your smile is never a lost cause. There’s no time like the present to claim the smile you deserve. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, over 1.5 million orthodontic patients are adults. Metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign can all help adults. 

The Different Types of Braces

The Answer? Braces by Thacker Orthodontics

Now you know about the different varieties of braces offered by Thacker Orthodontics. You also understand that we can tailor braces to any set of teeth. We’re proud to serve the community of Hillsboro, Cincinnati, and surrounding areas. 
Should you still have questions, visit our website here to schedule a free consultation.