Improve your smile with braces from Boulder Dental Designs. We understand that having braces can be a big decision. We want to help you make the best choice for your smile. We offer various orthodontic options in Boulder that are sure to meet your needs and desires.
Schedule a consultation today with our experienced team of professionals to see which type of braces is right for you!
What Are Braces, and What Do They Do?
Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment. There are different varieties of braces and orthodontic treatments, including clear aligners that you can remove for cleaning your teeth and eating. Typical braces use brackets and wires to help straighten teeth and improve your smile. The brackets are secured to the front of your teeth using specialized dental adhesives, while the wires are connected to each bracket and pull the teeth into alignment. You can correct crooked or crowded teeth, close gaps between teeth, and even fix bite problems with braces.
Who Should Get Braces?
Almost anyone can benefit from braces, regardless of age. Orthodontic treatment is recommended for people with crooked teeth, misaligned bites, or other irregularities in their smile. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, braces may be an excellent option to improve your confidence and your overall oral health. Drs. Montoya and Lai offer free consultations to help you determine if braces are right for you and the length and cost of treatment.
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
At Boulder Dental Designs, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to suit your needs and budget. Our orthodontic treatment options include the following.
Metal braces are one of the most popular and effective methods of straightening teeth. They are also very affordable and can be customized to suit your needs.
Traditional braces require elastic bands, or “ligatures,” to hold the wire. These ligatures can rub against the gums and cheek, irritating. They also collect plaque, and can be challenging to clean. Self-ligating braces, on the other hand, do not require ligatures. The wire is held in place by a unique clip, which is less likely to irritate and is easier to keep clean. Because self-ligating braces put less pressure on the teeth, they are also more comfortable to wear. In addition, self-ligating braces typically require fewer adjustments than traditional braces, which means fewer trips to the orthodontist. As a result, self-ligating braces offer many advantages over conventional braces.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Clear braces are made of ceramic, a solid but lightweight material. Because they are less visible than metal braces, many patients find them more cosmetically appealing. In addition, ceramic braces can be customized to match the color of your teeth, making them even less noticeable. Another benefit of ceramic braces is that they tend to cause less irritation to the inside of the mouth than metal braces.
Clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment for adults and teens. Unlike traditional or clear braces, clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them a cosmetically appealing option. In addition, you can remove clear aligners for eating and brushing, which are generally more comfortable than metal braces. However, the most significant advantage of clear aligners is that they allow patients to see their progress throughout treatment. Patients receive a new set of aligners every few weeks that gradually move their teeth into the desired position. As a result, patients can track their progress and see the impact of their treatment in real time. For these reasons, clear aligners are an increasingly popular choice for adults and teens who want to achieve straighter teeth.
Gold braces are made of a gold-colored alloy, which is more durable than traditional metal braces. Gold braces do not corrode or rust, and they are less likely to irritate the inside of the mouth. In addition, gold braces can be customized with colored bands for a more unique and personalized look.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but we place them on the back of the teeth instead of the front. This makes them virtually invisible from the front, an excellent option for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without sacrificing appearance.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your case and the type of braces you choose. Generally, traditional metal braces require 18-30 months of treatment, while self-ligating braces may take 12-18 months. Clear or ceramic braces typically require 24-36 months, while clear aligners can take as little as 6-18 months.
With so many options available, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your smile. We offer clear or metallic brackets and even braces that are the color of your teeth. You can feel confident knowing you’re getting the best treatment for your dental goals and preferences. Contact Boulder Dental Designs today to schedule a consultation.