Braces exert a constant and gentle pressure to move teeth over time. Dr. Lee will design a customized treatment plan to suit your smile, and to gradually move the teeth to their ideal positions. Your braces are constantly at work to quickly give you a beautiful smile with minimal discomfort.
How Do Braces Work?
The two main components of your braces are the brackets and the archwire. The brackets are pieces of metal that are affixed to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your optimal bite.
The archwire is laced between all of the brackets and places force on the teeth. The teeth begin to move and new bone grows in to anchor them to their new locations.
With the new self-ligation braces technology that Dr. Lee uses in her office the archwire is attached to the braces with a spring clip. This eliminates the need for a plastic color band to hold the wire and bracket together. This clip allows for longer time periods between visits and the same end result, saving you time and comfort! For the little ones who would like colors, we can still add color bands as a decorative touch thus having the best of both worlds.
“It’s been a year, but it’s been a huge difference.”—Benjamin
What are My Braces Options?
We are proud to provide the latest and greatest orthodontic options at Burlingame Smile Studio! Some of the options you have here include:
Self-Ligating Metal Braces: Our metal braces are smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than the bulky braces you have seen in the past. Metal braces are still one of the most efficient ways to enhance your smile. These self-ligating metal brackets reduce the friction between the brackets and wires, and can reduce treatment time overall.
Self-Ligating Clear Ceramic Braces: These clear braces are popular with adults who want a more subtle esthetic option. It is difficult to notice clear ceramic braces, but they can correct all kinds of orthodontic flaws. It is important to note that Ceramic clear braces will never stain, unlike their clear plastic counterparts. These self-ligating brackets also reduce the friction between the brackets and wires, and can reduce treatment time overall.
Invisalign: Invisalign braces are not braces at all, but see-through plastic aligners that are customized to fit your teeth. You will switch out the aligners every two weeks to continue to shift your smile.
To find out which braces options might be right for you, please come in for a consultation. Contact our office to schedule your visit today!