The traditional wires and brackets are what everyone pictures when they think of braces, and there’s a reason we still use them: they are effective. Wire braces consist of metal brackets that are cemented to each tooth and archwires that run across them. The archwires come in different sizes and stiffness levels depending on how Dr. Holmes wants the patient’s teeth to move between appointments, and they are held in place by colorful elastic ligatures.
For patients who prefer lower profile orthodontic treatment, there are clear aligners. Instead of brackets and wires, you receive a series of aligners that shift your teeth into their proper position one step at a time. Aside from being nearly invisible, one of the best things about clear aligners is that they are removable, which makes eating and keeping your teeth clean during your orthodontic treatment much easier, and there’s no banned foods list!
Ceramic braces offer low profile treatment like clear aligners, but are just as effective as traditional metal braces at moving teeth into position quickly. What distinguishes them from metal braces is that the brackets are made of transparent ceramic, so the braces blend in with your teeth. Ceramic braces may be preferable for adult patients who don’t want their treatment to be so visible.
Get The Best Braces For You With Holmes Orthodontics!
If you need orthodontic treatment, schedule an initial consultation with us by calling Charleston Office – (304) 343-3672 Hurricane Office – (304) 201-3672 Huntington Office – (304) 781-8600 or send us an email. Here at Holmes Orthodontics, we’re excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!