Braces have long been the most commonly used orthodontic treatment to correct misalignment, crowding, and bite issues. There are two primary types of braces: metal and ceramic. Traditional metal braces are more comfortable and attractive than ever but are noticeable. On the other hand, the material of ceramic braces closely matches natural teeth.
At Frost Orthodontics in Creve Coeur, we provide both types of braces to patients across the St. Louis area. Dr. Andy Frost has decades of experience in orthodontics and customizes treatment plans according to each individual’s needs. You can trust our team to address your dental issues.
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Metal braces are the most widely used type. They boast durability and can withstand most types of treatment. Thanks to technological advancements, today’s metal braces are smaller and cause less discomfort. Further, kids can choose their elastic and rubber band colors, while adults can opt for a more discreet look.
What are the benefits of metal braces?
Traditional metal braces have many advantages for patients with dental issues. Benefits include:
- Ability to correct nearly every problem requiring orthodontic treatment
- Sometimes the fastest treatment method
- Prevent further issues in the future
What happens in the metal braces application process?
First, one of our hygienists thoroughly cleans your teeth. Then, Dr. Frost applies a special adhesive to each tooth’s surface. Next, he places the brackets on the adhesive and installs the archwire that connects them. Finally, he puts elastic bands on each bracket to keep the wire in position.
Do metal braces hurt?
As with any orthodontic treatment, you will inevitably feel some discomfort initially. Over-the-counter painkillers and wax can relieve pain and sores until your mouth adjusts, which usually takes about a month. After a while, many patients no longer notice their braces.
How much do metal braces cost?
The cost of braces can depend on many factors, such as the treatment length and the issues you present. However, our team can help you determine the exact cost of treatment during your initial consultation.
Does insurance cover braces?
Dental insurance will sometimes cover part or all of the cost. The coverage varies from plan to plan and patient to patient, so please ask our staff for more information.
Can I get braces as an adult?
Of course! Patients of all ages can be candidates for braces. Adults’ teeth are no more difficult to correct than children’s. In fact, as an adult, you may find your schedule and budget to be more flexible, making your treatment easier.
Adults frequently choose ceramic braces, or clear braces, because they closely match the natural tooth color. As a result, they’re much less noticeable than their metal counterparts. However, the most common drawback of clear braces is that the rubber bands tend to stain between orthodontic visits.
What stains clear braces?
The ceramic brackets of clear braces don’t stain as often as their ligatures, or rubber bands. Specific foods and drinks with strong tannins can stain them, such as:
- Red wine
- Pasta sauce
Further, smoking tobacco can stain rubber bands and ceramic brackets. However, you don’t need to worry about the discoloring forever – we replace the ligatures approximately every six weeks, depending on your treatment plan.
How discreet are clear braces?
Thanks to tooth-colored ceramic brackets and transparent rubber bands, clear braces are essentially invisible from a distance. However, the archwire and any stains remain noticeable.
Can clear braces fix an overbite?
Since clear braces contain the same appliances as traditional braces, they can also treat the same issues. Therefore, they can fix dental problems like overbites, underbites, misalignment, crowding, and more.
Are clear braces just as effective as metal braces?
Yes! The most significant difference between the two types of braces is their appearance. They have the same primary components and functions. Dr. Frost can help you determine which is best for you.
How do you take care of clear braces?
Maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen – brushing with fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash – is the best way to care for your teeth. Braces typically require special tools to clean between brackets or to floss adequately, but our team can show you how to use them.
Metal and clear braces are highly effective methods for treating misalignment, spacing problems and bite issues. Dr. Andy Frost, Creve Coeur orthodontist, has transformed smiles since 1989, and he can do the same for you! Our specialists are here to help you improve your smile and boost your confidence. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about the types of braces we offer! We look forward to assisting you with braces in Creve Coeur.