Metal brackets are small brackets that are bonded directly to each tooth and attached with a wire. At Embrace Smiles Orthodontics, we offer metal braces with the option of a wide selection of colors. Our metal brackets and wires are far less noticeable than they used to be! Metal braces are the traditional orthodontic option for many adults and children.
Is there an age-limit for orthodontic treatment?
No, in fact The American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 21! Many adults are choosing to perfect their smile for both cosmetic and functional purposes. We now understand that not only are straight teeth beautiful, but healthier!
More adults today are choosing orthodontic treatment because:
- Crowded teeth or gaps between teeth
- Tooth decay or periodontal disease due to crowded teeth
- Abnormal jaw pain or discomfort caused by misaligned teeth
- An uncomfortable bite
- Desire for a healthier mouth and more confident smile
- Worn or missing teeth. A poor bite can lead to teeth wear and sensitivity.
- Creating sufficient space to replace missing teeth
Are there less visible options for orthodontic treatment?
After your free consultation with Dr Chong, you will be informed of all your treatment options and alternatives to traditional metal braces. Among some of the available options our office provides are
- Invisalign & Invisalign Teen (hyperlinked to Invisalign tab)
- Clear Braces (hyperlinked to Clear Braces tab)
- InBrace (hyperlinked to InBrace tab)
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist attends two additional years of specialized education after they complete their general dentistry requirements. These extra two years prepare the dentist to diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
Why should my child see a dentist at such a young age?
The American Association of Orthodontists’ recommends that all children are screened by age 7! This is because some common malocclusions of the teeth and jaw may be reduced while the bones of the mouth and face are still developing. Remember many females are finished growing around the time their second molars are in place so it is important to act early!
Why have I heard that thumb sucking and a pacifier are harmful to a child’s teeth?
Thumb sucking or a pacifier habit can become problematic if a child continues the habit for too long. We will evaluate your child’s teeth and discuss methods to help you break your child’s habit.
Do I needs x-rays to determine if orthodontic treatment is right for me?
Radiographs or x-rays are a tool that help Dr. Chong determine a custom treatment plan for your child. Often times a panoramic radiograph is utilized to view all of the teeth. This includes all of your child’s baby and adult teeth in one photo. The panoramic image also shows the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and the sinuses above the upper teeth. Dr. Chong is able to detect many dental anomalies with this image as well. Early detection of any dental anomaly results in the best possible outcome.
Radiographs are an important aspect of treatment when recommended by the doctor and are imperative for proper diagnosing. Please ask Dr. Chong if you have specific questions regarding radiographs.
Clear braces are similar to metal braces but are made of white material and are virtually undetectable! They bond to the front of the tooth and are connected by a wire. These braces are used mostly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. They do require a little more attention, which is why our trained doctors will let you know if they are the right options for you!
What is the difference between Clear Braces and Metal Braces?
The main difference between clear and metal braces is that clear braces is a more esthetic treatment option compared to metal braces. Dr Chong is proud to offer a completely clear option – not only are the brackets clear but the wires we use are clear as well!
Is Clear Braces more efficient than metal braces?
Clear braces and metal braces are equally efficient in moving your teeth. Clear braces is a great option for patients who want a less visible option to straighten their teeth and who wants a “fixed” option (clear braces cannot be removed by the patient).
Is there a cost difference between clear braces and metal braces?
Call our office today to schedule (hyperlink to schedule a consultation landing page) a consultation with Dr Chong. Our financial coordinator will be happy to present you your treatment options and flexible financing options. Our office accepts most insurances and we will be happy to help verify your coverage at no additional cost to you.
InBrace is the next generation of invisible orthodontic treatment. The InBrace treatment process starts with your free initial consultation. If Dr Chong determines you are a suitable candidate for InBrace, our team will take a 3D scan of your teeth with our Itero Element Scanner in the comforts of our office. Dr Chong will review your scan and plan your tooth movements accordingly.
The InBrace technology is designed with convenience and invisibility in mind. With the collaboration between orthodontists and engineers, a SmartWire is fabricated to be used in conjunction with pre-positioned brackets on the back of your teeth. These brackets are smaller and less bulky then traditional metal braces. The curvature of the wires allow for optimal hygiene throughout orthodontic treatment. Dr Chong is proud to be a certified InBrace Provider.
Schedule your free consultation (link to landing page) today to find out if InBrace is right for you!