Recent improvements in traditional braces have made them smaller, stronger and less noticeable. Metal braces are the most common type of braces, and are more comfortable now than ever before. With metal braces, you have the option to customize your smile by choosing different colored elastic ties - the little donut shaped rubber bands that hold your arch wire in.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are less visible than metal braces. Generally, ceramic braces require a little more TLC because they are more fragile than metal braces. Patients who choose ceramic braces must maintain excellent oral hygiene to help keep the elastic ties from discoloring. Because ceramic braces require a bit more care, they are popular with adults and older teenagers. Ask Dr. Tompkins if clear braces are a good alternative to metal braces for your orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes, people avoid orthodontics because they can’t stand the thought of wearing braces. Many would prefer crooked teeth to the fear of wearing metal braces, or they believe wearing braces will be uncomfortable. One solution to this may be found by choosing Invisalign®, a solution that renders braces virtually invisible. Consider Invisalign® to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted - without braces. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Tompkins can determine if Invisalign is right for you.