At Sawyer Creek Orthodontics, creating a smile you can be proud of is what we do best. To accomplish this, we use two types of braces, both of which work extremely well to correct a variety of teeth and jaw alignment problems. These braces all have brackets bonded directly to your teeth and come in a variety of different materials to suit your style and treatment needs.
Metal braces are the most common type, and they’ve come a long way from braces of the past. The brackets are designed to be smaller and less noticeable than before, and the alastics that hold the arch wires in place can be any color (or colors) you choose. Newer arch wires even use the wearer’s body heat to move teeth more effectively and with less pain. Metal braces are usually the most affordable orthodontic treatment option.
Clear and ceramic braces are sometimes considered “invisible braces” because the brackets blend with the color of your teeth. They’re the same shape and size as metal braces but are barely visible, especially when paired with tooth-colored wires. They tend to cost a little more than metal braces and may stain without proper care.
During your first visit, you’ll learn about the complete treatment process. But, in general, getting braces involves the following steps:
The first step in treating alignment issues with braces involves taking a full set of original records that will be used as a baseline. These include X-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth. You may have more X-rays or photos during treatment, and you will also have some taken at the end of your treatment.
Before bonding, we clean and prepare your teeth, then use a special dental cement to bond the brackets to your teeth. Once all brackets are in place, archwires are inserted into the brackets. Alastics, or tiny rubber bands, are placed over the brackets to hold the archwires in place.
After the bonding is done, your teeth and jaw will slowly start to move so gradually, you won’t notice it happening. Every 6 to 8 weeks you will have a quick checkup to track your progress, ask any questions that you have about your braces and the process, and have the tension on your braces adjusted. These adjustments keep your treatment moving as quickly and effectively as possible.
When your treatment is complete and your teeth and jaw are aligned to their proper positions, it’s time to celebrate! We’ll remove your alastics, archwires and brackets, then clean and polish your teeth. Then you get to look in the mirror and check out your spectacular new smile. We’ll take final photos and records so you can compare your new smile and bite to your old ones. You will also have impressions made of your teeth so you can have custom retainers created.
The final step is using a retainer, a device used to help ensure the new alignment stays in place. Sometimes retainers are fixed to the back of your teeth, but typically they are removable. Removable types include a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth or a Hawley retainer, which is a combination of molded plastic and wires that is fitted to your mouth. No matter which kind is recommended, always wear your retainer as directed to keep your new smile lasting a lifetime.