Perhaps you are seeking orthodontic care, but braces aren’t high on your list. After all, with all the clear aligner alternatives available today, you may already have a preference in mind. While clear aligners are fantastic orthodontic options, they are not suitable for everyone – particularly children and those with moderate to severe alignment issues. While this news might have you feeling disappointed, you might just discover a whole new perspective on braces when you choose grinz orthodontics! 

Since first being utilized for orthodontic treatment in the early seventeenth century, braces have experienced enormous advancements! Not only are they progressing to use brackets and wires that are much smaller and more comfortable, but they have taken great strides in becoming more appealing and convenient as well! 

At grinz orthodontics in Tucson, AZ, we offer numerous styles of braces that are sure to accommodate every patient – from the young child to the grown adult; we have something here for everyone! Not only that, but through our exclusive ZMYL Program, we are making the full orthodontic process enjoyable, entertaining, and engaging from beginning to end, just in case you needed something extra to “ZMYL” about!

Before you make up your mind regarding the perfect orthodontic solution for you, bring our experts into the conversation and enjoy a consultation at no cost to you! Together, we will choose a treatment that meets your needs and surpasses your expectations; that’s what you deserve, after all!

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used today. They consist of metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth and a wire that is secured to the brackets to connect each of the teeth into an arch. The wire is then routinely tightened over the duration of treatment to correct the alignment of the teeth. Elastic bands of various colors are used to secure this wire into position; in fact, part of what makes treatment with metal braces so fun is the custom-color options! Patients love getting to choose the color for their bands at every adjustment appointment – picking their favorite color, a rainbow assortment of colors, or even white elastic to make the brackets more discreet.

Traditional metal braces can be used to correct a wide variety of orthodontic problems, including mild, moderate, or severely misaligned teeth, overbites, and underbites. In addition to being incredibly versatile, traditional metal braces are also some of the most durable, tried and tested methods for correcting alignment.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are a style of orthodontic appliance that is quite similar to the traditional metal braces but offers a few key differences that boost their appeal to the appropriate patients. With these types of braces, stainless steel wires are attached to uniquely designed brackets of either ceramic or metal composition. 

The primary dissimilarity between traditional and self-ligating braces is the style of brackets used in their design. While traditional braces use a combination of metallic brackets and elastic bands to secure their wires into an arch, self-ligating braces utilize brackets that are designed to lock wires into place on their own without the use of elastics. 

  • The brackets are typically the same size as traditional brackets but offer a practical design that makes routine adjustments much quicker and easier.
  • Not only that, but because the appliance uses fewer components than traditional braces, they are much easier to keep clean. 
  • Many patients say they find the simplified design to be more appealing as well!

If you are interested in self-ligating braces, contact our office to set up a free consultation! We can tell you more and help determine if they are the right option for you.

Clear Ceramic Braces

What if we told you that it’s possible to combine the largely impressive abilities of braces with the transparent appearance of Invisalign? With clear ceramic braces, even patients with severe misalignment can enjoy discretion throughout their orthodontic journey! 

Clear ceramic braces feature a ceramic bracket that blends seamlessly with the color of your teeth. Once cemented in place, the brackets are connected by a white or clear wire that brings the full appliance together. 

While this style of braces is remarkably appealing, it’s important to recognize that the ceramic is less durable than the traditional metal style. As a result, they are at a higher risk of breaking or requiring repair at some point during treatment. For this reason, we will typically only recommend them being used for teenagers or adult patients. 

Perfecting Your Smile Through a Personalized Plan

Orthodontic treatment can seem like a daunting decision, but no matter what choice you make, our team at grinz orthodontics is here to ensure you have an enjoyable experience and achieve the results you’re after! When you choose to undergo treatment with braces, we will be by your side at every step to guide you through the process. We never want our patients to feel uncertain about their journey. With our ZMYL Program, we keep treatment fun while keeping patients informed throughout the process!

To learn more about orthodontic care with braces at grinz orthodontics, contact our office today!

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