People typically choose to get orthodontic treatment in order to have a healthy, beautiful smile. If don't feel confident about your smile, having braces may be the answer to improving the way you look and feel.
When your orthodontic treatment is completed, you will have a smile you can feel confident about. We want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic treatment, so Smile Cape Coral is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position. Braces, also called orthodontic appliances, can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth.
Today's modern orthodontic technology enables you to choose brackets that are clear or metallic. In some cases, you can even choose the color of your appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster and with less discomfort.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on several factors, including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is, treatment time can last between one and three years. For children, early treatment can also help shorten treatment time later on in life. The patient has a big impact on the success of his or her treatment. The more involved and diligent you are, the faster and more efficient treatment will be.
Prior to starting your orthodontic care, your doctor will review your options with you and provide an estimated duration for your full treatment. Please contact Smile Cape Coral to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth by using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but they use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because 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, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth rather than on lower teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, allowing you to eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, this helps to make brushing and flossing less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces. Like traditional metal braces, gold braces are made of stainless steel; however, they are coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. And, the cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.