Most people wouldn’t wish for metal components appearing in their smile, but many make an exception for braces since they can move your teeth into a straighter, more attractive position efficiently and more painlessly than braces from the past. At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, Susan Liebman, DMD, provides traditional metal braces as well as clear braces that blend in with your teeth. Book a consultation to learn more about what family orthodontics can do for you. Scheduling takes just moments by phone or online.
Braces use several components to pull misaligned or crooked teeth into a straighter position. Traditionally, braces involve brackets that are attached to each of your teeth. They’re usually attached to the fronts of your teeth, but occasionally you can have them on the back. Instead of brackets, a metal band encircles your back molars.
A wire runs through the brackets and attaches to each of the metal bands. Dr. Liebman tightens the wire each time you visit Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics. She may also ask that you attach rubber bands to control the movement of your teeth. Over time, the wire and the rubber bands apply pressure to reposition your teeth.
The best time to get braces is during your younger teenage years while your mouth and jaw are still growing. However, braces for children and adults are also available. Most patients need to wear them for one to three years.
At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, Dr. Liebman offers two types of braces:
Metal braces are the type that you probably think about first. The brackets are stainless steel while the wires are a metal alloy. Compared to clear braces, metal braces are typically more cost-effective. They’re also harder to break, so they’re often better suited for kids and teenagers who might not avoid as many hard or sticky foods.
Clear braces work in the same way as metal braces, involving brackets and wires. The key difference is that, instead of metal brackets, your brackets are made of ceramic that’s nearly the same color as your teeth. Though others can still see the wire running along your teeth when you smile, they won’t be able to see the braces as well from a distance.
Dr. Liebman recommends several steps for caring for your braces. By taking these steps, you can avoid complications and minimize your time at the orthodontist.
You should also attend all of your appointments for tightening to stay on track with your projected treatment time as you move closer to your goal of straight teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about braces for children or braces for teens, call or click to book a consultation at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics today.