No. While metal braces are still a popular bracket-type option for straightening teeth and correcting alignment issues, today patients who need braces have many more options, including braces that are virtually invisible while being worn. Different types of braces may be more effective in treating specific types of alignment issues. Dr. Taliwal will do an evaluation will help determine which approaches are the best options for each patient's individual needs and treatment objectives during the consultation appointment.
Lingual braces use brackets that are attached to the back surfaces of the teeth, using wires to gently shift teeth into their proper positions over time. Unlike traditional metal braces, lingual braces are virtually invisible to anyone but you and your dentist and orthodontist.
Damon braces use special self-adjusting brackets (Damon brackets) combined with “smart” memory wire to gently move your teeth continually over time without the need for constant adjustments using orthodontic instruments. In most cases, that means patients need fewer office visits to keep their teeth moving in the right direction, making these braces a particularly good option for people with busy and demanding schedules. Damon brackets use a special sliding mechanism that enables wires to move without manual adjustment and without elastic bands or ties. The memory wire uses gentle but continual pressure for a more natural adjustment that's more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Plus, continual gentle pressure means teeth are subjected to less extreme pressures and friction so the potential for damage is decreased. And finally, Damon braces are clear, making them much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Clarity™ braces represent the latest advancements in ceramic braces, featuring a small, rounded profile for greater comfort and a translucent effect that looks natural and attractive. Clarity™ braces are designed to be good-looking as well as extremely sturdy, enabling patients to enjoy treatment without many of the restrictions associated with many other types of braces. The translucent appearance blends beautifully with the natural tooth color, and the material resists staining.