Dental Braces

in Columbia, SC

Many people with misaligned teeth can feel insecure about their smile, which may affect their quality of life. Aside from feeling embarrassed when smiling and talking in public, it can also cause difficulty in chewing and maintaining good oral hygiene, affecting their oral health. If you’re seeking a way to straighten your teeth, consider dental braces.

At Washington Orthodontics, we provide dental braces to patients of any age. Our orthodontists have many years of experience performing this treatment using advanced technology and techniques. We also understand that every patient is unique, that’s why we personalize our treatment plans to suit each patient’s specific needs.

Whether you have crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth or bite problems, we can help you achieve a beautiful and functional smile through dental braces.

Different Types of Dental Braces.

Dental braces are made from different materials such as metal, ceramic, and plastic. They are available in different types depending on the patient’s needs and preferences.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used in orthodontic treatment. They consist of metal brackets attached to each tooth using dental adhesive and connected with a wire. The wire is then adjusted periodically by your orthodontist to gradually move the teeth into their desired position.

These braces are effective for correcting severe issues, such as crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. They are also the most affordable type of braces available.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces have the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, which means fewer appointments and less friction placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic or clear brackets. 

They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure on the tooth, and requires you only fewer adjustments since there are no elastics to replace.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns will greatly benefit from ceramic braces. 

While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Apart from being invisible, you can remove aligners, letting you eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing will be less of a hassle for you. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces hide behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth, created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses and musicians who play wind instruments.

FAQs About Dental Braces

1. How long do you need to wear braces?

The length of time required for wearing braces varies with each person. On average, most people wear braces for 1-3 years. This can also depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues, as well as other factors including age and compliance with treatment. Our orthodontist can provide you with a more accurate estimate after evaluating your specific case.

2. Who can get braces?

We typically recommend braces for children and teenagers, as their teeth are still developing and easier to move. However, adults can also benefit from braces if they have healthy teeth and gums and are willing to commit to the treatment process. It’s never too late to get braces, as long as your teeth and gums still look good and healthy.

3. Do braces hurt?

Braces may cause some discomfort initially, as your teeth will gradually move into a new position. However, this discomfort is usually mild and you can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers. After a few days, most people get used to the feeling of wearing braces and don’t experience any discomfort.

Achieve A Healthy and Straight Smile Through Dental Braces at Washington Orthodontics

If you’re around Columbia, South Carolina, call us to schedule an initial consultation. Our orthodontists can help you decide which dental braces you need, and we’ll do our best to provide a smooth and stress-free treatment.