Types of Braces
At our office, our number one priority is exceeding patient expectations. We believe in empowering our patients to play an active role in their treatment as well. The old paradigm in healthcare was that the doctor was the expert and they had final authority. In modern orthodontics, there are many ways to treat an individual case, and the choice of treatment depends on the patient’s desires. We believe we are treating individuals who want a beautiful smile and they should have the final say in how they are treated. It is our duty to educate patients of their options, the risks and benefits, and let them make the final choice.
LENGTH OF TREATMENT
Regardless of the type of bracket you choose, total treatment time will depend on several factors including age, initial bite, initial crowding/spacing, the goals of treatment, and compliance. Most orthodontic treatment will last at least a month but less than three years. At your complimentary consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of your individual treatment time.
With the advances in dental biomaterials, orthodontic adjustments do not need to take place every month. In the past, most orthodontic wires were made from stainless steel, which needed to have bends placed every few weeks. The newer wires have shape memory and will continue to apply a light force to teeth for a much longer time. In the beginning of treatment, office visits are every 10-12 weeks. Closer to the end of treatment, adjustments may be closer to eight-week intervals.
If you choose Clear Aligners, the average appointment interval is every 12 weeks, or just four times per year and most appointments can be done Virtually!
LEARN MORE ABOUT BRACES FROM OUR OFFICE
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces have been in use for more than 100 years and can be an effective way to straighten teeth. Metal braces are typically what people think of when they hear the word “braces.” With recent advances in aesthetic treatment options, we do not see any need for patients to have metal braces unless they specifically request metal.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
At our office, we are proud to be one of the only orthodontists in South Florida to offer clear braces to all of our patients at no extra charge. Clear brackets are a phenomenal alternative to traditional braces and ours DO NOT stain. They work in the same way as traditional braces but are much less visible. At our office, approximately half of our patients are adults and we found they were much more comfortable with an aesthetic option.
Ceramic braces are an ideal choice for patients of all ages! When we started treating more and more patients with clear braces, we found that our younger patients really liked the clear also. Our younger patients have found that when they put the “colors” on their ceramic braces, they stand out even more with the clear braces than with the metal.
Precision Align is the ONLY Clear Aligner treatment being 100% treatment planned by an actual United States, Board Certified Orthodontist AND 100% Made In The USA!
Precision Align is the most aesthetic way to straighten your teeth. They are ideal for patients who want a beautiful smile but are not thrilled to have braces on their teeth. Precision Align can be removed for special occasions and no one will even know you are in the process of orthodontic treatment.