Braces: An Overview

Similar to other forms of technology, braces are only getting better with time. Orthodontists have developed sophisticated and personalized systems to gradually guide your teeth into alignment, free of gaps, overcrowding, uneven bites, and other functional or cosmetic issues.

Despite the stigma, they aren’t just for teens; adults and children can and should also consider braces as an effective treatment option. There are varying benefits to getting braces at any age. As a child, braces can assist teeth in developing properly and assist the movement of the adult teeth as they have started to erupt. However, it’s never too late to begin your oral health journey, and getting braces as an adult can benefit those who may have already had braces or never had the chance to receive them.

Our team wants you to have a bright smile that you can be proud of. But braces aren’t just about a beautiful smile; it is also crucial to maintaining good oral health. Contact Baum Braces to schedule your first consultation at one of our convenient locations in Newtown or Monroe, CT.

Types Of Braces Available

Baum Braces offers two forms of braces, traditional metal braces, and clear ceramic braces. The length of time you will have to wear braces is generally similar for both types of braces. Caring for your braces is also relatively similar between the two options. Routine appointments should be scheduled every 6-8 weeks, depending on your treatment plan, to see how your teeth are progressing and adjust your braces to ensure that consistent pressure is being applied. As with all orthodontic treatments, there may be some discomfort when the braces are first put on. For this, our team will give you orthodontic wax which works to reduce irritation and discomfort.

Traditional Metal Braces

The most common type of braces is traditional metal. Made of high-grade stainless steel, today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever. A metal bracket is bonded to each tooth and is held in place by a thin metal wire called the archwire. Colorful plastic bands can add character to your braces, but they also work to keep the archwire in place on each bracket. The tightness of this archwire is what puts gentle, consistent pressure on your teeth to move them properly.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Clear braces are made of ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of your teeth and is much less visible on your smile. However, they work similarly to traditional braces, with rubber bands and an archwire connecting the brackets. While not as noticeable, ceramic braces do require a bit more attention to oral hygiene to ensure they keep their discreet appearance. As a result, ceramic braces are primarily used on patients who have aesthetic concerns and will be dedicated to a thorough oral hygiene routine.

If you’re not sure which option is best for you, Dr. Baum, Dr. Blanck, and their team will fully review all your options at your initial consultation and help you determine the best braces for your lifestyle. During this time, you can also ask questions, learn more about the process, and get started on your way to a straighter smile!