Many clients opt for metal braces made from high grade stainless steel. Braces have changed significantly from what many parents remember from their childhood. They are less noticeable, with little discomfort to the patient.
Ceramic braces are less noticeable than the modern metal braces since they are translucent in color, being made of clear material. Adults seem to like these best for cosmetic reasons. There is a drawback though in that the ceramic brackets are more fragile than the metal ones and the elastic ties do tend to become discolored between visits to the orthodontist.
The Damon® Bracket System
Dr. Dwight Damon invented Damon® Braces, which utilize brackets with “self-ligation” technology. Similar to a sliding door, this system enables the wire to move back and forth between the brackets. These braces do not require elastic or stainless steel ties so there is less friction, making these much more comfortable to wear. The DamOn system reduces treatment time, therefore fewer office visits are needed to provide a beautiful smile, in less time than traditional braces.
Damon® Clear™ provides the patient with a completely clear orthodontic appliance that comes with the low-friction comfort and advantages of self-ligation technology. With this system the patient can enjoy the aesthetically pleasing appearance everyone asks for. Those who have selected this orthodontic method have been satisfied beyond their expectations in both functionality and looks. Damon Clear was developed with patient comfort as the top priority.
American Orthodontics pioneered the Dual Activation™ system with the introduction of Empower self ligating brackets. By utilizing Empower, Dual Activation delivers the time-saving benefits and ease of self ligation. This allows Dr. Chin to treat patients using the best of both interactive and passive systems. Minimized ligation force throughout the system allows for more biologically safe tooth movement which translates to less pain for patients. Interactive brackets on anterior teeth allow for full control and precise finishing. Passive brackets on posterior teeth improve freedom for broader smiles.
The Invisalign® System
The Invisalign® System involves having a series of clear aligners made to fit over the patient’s teeth that gradually get adjusted to move the teeth into alignment. A computer program generating a simulation determines the fit. Adult patients with problematic bite alignment benefit from this system. Dr. Couch will discuss this in further detail during his complimentary consultation and assess if invisalign would be the best suit for your needs.
The Invisalign® Teen System
Invisalign® Teen has now been introduced to help teenagers avoid wearing metal braces which can make them look unattractive on their Facebook profile, not to mention in their yearbook photo. This straightening system involves having clear aligners, which are virtually invisible, fit over your teeth so no one needs to know you are having your teeth straightened. Because they are removable you can eat whatever you want. You can also brush and floss your teeth as normal, which helps keep your gums and teeth healthy. They are more comfortable to wear since there are no wires or brackets to irritate the inside of your mouth.
Aligners have the look and feel of clear retainers, but built into them is a tooth correction so they can gradually move the teeth into alignment. What Couch Orthodontics will do is make you a number of aligners, each one designated to be worn for a certain amount of time before moving on to the next one in the series. Each aligner will initially feel tight when first put on, but as you wear them they become more comfortable because your teeth are moving, correcting your alignment. This is a great solution for patients with fairly straight teeth that only needing a minor correction.
Call Couch Orthodontics in Cumming to schedule an initial consultation to determine which orthodontic treatment will best meet your needs.
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