Southern Smiles Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults of all ages. We offer different treatment options that can fit various lifestyles. While discussing your individual treatment plan, Dr. Courtney will help you choose the best option for your treatment.
When most people hear the word “braces”, they typically think of metal braces. Metal braces have been used for over 100 years to straighten teeth. The good news is that metal braces are smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before. Metal braces are a great option for most patients, and you have the option to make them as plain or as colorful as you want. The small, colored rubber ties that help hold the wire in place come in many different colors, and you can change the look with each visit.
Ceramic braces (also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, esthetic braces, or porcelain braces) are an excellent option for patients seeking the traditional braces experience without the appearance of metal on their teeth. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, and are thus able to create beautiful smiles in the same way as metal braces. Ceramic braces are not recommended in certain situations, particularly for patients that have an excessive overbite (deep bite) as they can cause undesired wear to the upper teeth. As with metal braces, you still have the option to make ceramic braces as plain or as colorful as you desire. Clear-colored rubber ties are great if your goal is to have your ceramic braces blend in with your teeth, but many patients still prefer to have bright colors at each visit.
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable, plastic aligners (trays) to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires. Often tooth-colored attachments are placed on the teeth to help the plastic trays grip the teeth more tightly. This helps to ensure that the trays are able to move the teeth as efficiently as possible. The aligners and tooth-colored attachments are essentially invisible and allow you to eat and drink whatever you want for the most part. It is also easier to keep your teeth clean while wearing Invisalign® because you are able to remove the trays when brushing and flossing. While it’s necessary to wear the plastic trays at least 22 hours a day for the majority of the time you are in treatment, Invisalign® offers the flexibility to remove the trays for longer periods during special occasions. Invisalign® is not an option for all orthodontic problems, so an in-office orthodontic consultation is needed to determine if clear aligners could be the best treatment option for you.