The Different Types of Braces

The Different Types of Braces


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Believe it or not, braces are for everyone. Or, at least, they can be if needed. For years, Dr. Williams and Dr. Hamman have been fitting braces onto teeth in both Southaven and Olive Branch. If you came here looking for answers about the different types of braces, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more forgiving than braces of yesteryear. Keep reading to find the answers to all your burning questions about braces. 

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

Who Will Braces Work For?

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

Below, we will go into further detail about different options for braces: 

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Invisalign 

The doctor will provide an assessment for the precise 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. 

braces work well for kids

You don’t need teeth to smile. Ever seen a baby’s gummy grin? Then, you know! You don’t have to have teeth to have a smile. But, if you’re old enough to have 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 teeth will be far enough for Dr. Williams and Dr. Hamman to detect anything abnormal. Early detection is the best means of prevention. 

don’t forget about teens

Middle and high school can be tricky. Our team knows that young people want to look their best. Clear braces are definitely an option for teens and tweens. Furthermore, Invisalign has a specific line of clear retainers for teens. Thanks to Invisalign Teen, your aligner needn’t keep you from your extracurricular activities and after school commitments. 

adults can wear them too!

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 Metallic Method

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. Williams and Dr. Hamman think it’s time for patients to rethink metal braces. 

Stainless steel and nickel are among the two kinds of metals that comprise metal braces. These brackets have small “doors” that can open and close over the wires. Dr. Williams and Dr. Hamman will tailor the wire to fit the shape of your teeth. Then, they will thread the wire through the brackets. Depending on your treatment plan, our doctors may use elastic bands. Think of these bands as 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 in the past. 

See Through the Misconceptions

“Wow! You got braces!” Our team understands that many patients don’t want attention called to themselves. If the doctors decide against metal braces, they may suggest clear braces for you. 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. Williams and Hamman 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. 

Make Those Teeth Look Fine with Invisalign

Perhaps the most convenient way to straighten your smile is with Invisalign. One standout feature of Invisalign is that it functions as a retainer rather than braces. When you wear braces, you have them on for a specific period of time. But Invisalign is a removable retainer. You can take it out when you have a meal. As an additional perk, Invisalign allows you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth. Something you might not be able to do as well with more traditional braces. 

But how does Invisalign work exactly? 

First, Dr. Williams or Dr. Hamman 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 them the blueprint from which to design your special Invisalign retainer. That’s right! Your retainer 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. Williams or Dr. Hamman will work with you to determine your particular treatment and time frame. 

Embrace Your Smile at Williams & Hamman Orthodontics

Use this information to educate yourself about the different possibilities for your own orthodontic intervention. DeSoto county’s smiles have never been in better hands. 

If you still have questions about how braces can help you, go here to schedule a free consult. Feeling unsure about coming into the office? Book a virtual exame here. 

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