Types of Braces

Quality Orthodontic Care in Knoxville, TN

At Myers Orthodontics, our mission is to make your smile as beautiful and healthy as possible - and to keep it that way for the rest of your life. Dr. Myers and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to treat patients on an individual basis, designing specialized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs. Braces are by far the most common treatment we offer - but thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, there are many types of this classic treatment.

Orthodontic appliances come in two distinct types - fixed and removable. Fixed appliances, such as braces, are attached to the teeth with metal bands and bonded using special dental cement, and are generally not removed until treatment is over. Removable appliances, like Invisalign, are worn at least 20 hours per day but can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. While aligners offer increased flexibility, there are still many cases where fixed appliances offer a more powerful, reliable, and cost effective solution.

Traditional Metal Braces.Metal Braces

Despite the plethora of options available, traditional metal braces are still the most popular treatment by a large margin. Made of high-grade stainless steel, the braces are attached to the back molars with metal bands, and then smaller brackets are cemented to the front of individual teeth. A thin metal archwire, custom shaped to fit your mouth, is then run through the brackets and attached with elastic bands to help guide the teeth into their optimal positions. 

While other treatments may offer convenience and flexibility, metal braces are a time-tested, reliable solution that combines reliability and efficacy with cost effectiveness. Today's braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than in days past, and we can even customize your braces with colorful elastics to match your unique sense of style! 

Ceramic Braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces use the same principles and parts as braces, but the brackets are made of a clear composite material - so they blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Ceramic braces are a favorite with adults, as they offer the power and reliability of braces while still remaining low profile and discreet. That said, there are tradeoffs: they’re more expensive than metal braces, ceramic brackets are more fragile than steel ones, and while the brackets don't stain, the clear elastic ties that attach the archwire do - so coffee drinkers should be weary of this treatment. 

 Lingual Braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are just as powerful as braces, but they're truly invisible to others - because they're attached to the back (tongue side) of teeth! They use all the same parts as metal braces and offer the same reliability and power, but they're completely invisible. That said, they're not for everyone - they're significantly more expensive, they take longer to get used to, and they can sometimes prolong treatment.



Contact Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist

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