Metal & Ceramic Braces
Tip-Edge Plus® and 3M Unitek’s SmartClip brackets are the appliances of choice at Andolino Orthodontics for traditional “outside” braces, that is, braces that are placed on the outward facing portion of the teeth. These bracket systems produce unparalleled results – shortening treatment time, increasing patient comfort and improving esthetics.
Not only are the braces smaller and more efficient than the wire braces that were used in the past, but the wires are now made of metal alloys, rather than stainless steel, which makes them lighter, smoother and more comfortable. Some of the wires are heat-activated, which can facilitate moving the teeth at specific phases of the treatment and may reduce the number of appointments needed to make adjustments to the wires.
Typically made of high-grade stainless steel, traditional metal braces remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of metal bands that wrap around the molars in back, and smaller metal brackets that are cemented to the front surfaces of the other teeth. A thin, springy metal wire, running through the brackets, gently guides the teeth into a proper position. This archwire may be fixed to the brackets by flexible elastics, metal ties, or other types of clasps.
There are many good reasons why time-tested metal braces remain popular — because they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. In contrast to the appliances of the past, today's braces are actually smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear. If you want a less traditional look, you may be able to choose colorful elastics for the brackets, or other modifications.
Clear ceramic braces are a new variation on the traditional system that provides a far less noticeable method of treatment. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color. This system has become a favorite for adults (including some well-known celebrities) because, unless you look closely, it's hard to notice they're there.
Several types of ceramic braces are currently available, and the technology is constantly improving. Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable... but there are a few tradeoffs. The ceramic brackets can be less durable than their metal counterparts; plus, while the brackets themselves don't stain, the elastic bands that attach them to the archwire do (however, these are generally changed each month.) Ceramic braces also cost more than metal — but for many people, the benefit of having an inconspicuous appliance outweighs the costs.
Straighten your teeth and get the smile you deserve with Metal and Ceramic Braces in New York, NY.
Call Andolino Orthodontics PC at (212) 753-5575 to schedule your consultation!