Our dentist at Family Orthodontics of Olathe may suggest braces or retainers to modify your dental alignment. Although braces and retainers can improve your dental alignment, they can also help with jaw alignment and other issues as well. This guide will further explain how braces can help you oral health and the different options of braces that we offer.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces serve the same purpose as traditional metal braces, are the same size and shape. However, instead of metal brackets and wires, they feature clear brackets that blend in better with teeth. Some even have tooth-colored wires as well.

Instead of metal brackets and wires, ceramic braces are made from composite materials. These composite brackets also come in varying shades to ideally match your natural teeth.

If you’re an adult and need braces, ceramic braces are an excellent option. Cosmetically, most adults prefer not to have noticeable metal brackets. With ceramic braces, you can enjoy all the benefits of effective teeth straightening and not feel self-conscious about having metal brackets and wires.

For more information on ceramic braces at Family Orthodontics of Olathe, call today!

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate), rather than in front, and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened without the braces showing. This partly explains why they are more common among adults than children. One other advantage is that if you play a wind instrument or a sport, lingual braces are easier to adapt to than traditional braces.

Not everyone can wear lingual braces. The teeth must be long enough to provide sufficient room to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth; therefore, lingual braces may not work for children or someone with especially small teeth. You also cannot wear lingual braces if you have excessive bite problems.

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Self-Ligating Braces

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Traditional Braces

Crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Given time, they may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment at your Olathe dentist can result in better dental health.

Bad bites can result in abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and damage to supporting gum tissue. Sometimes crooked teeth and incorrect bites contribute to TMJ pain and associated headaches.

Orthodontic treatment often costs less than paying for treatment for more serious problems caused by problem bites.

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