In the early days of orthodontics, there was only one way to straighten teeth: large metal bands and brackets affixed to the teeth. While their smaller and more comfortable equivalent is still the most popular option, there are many possibilities when it comes to creating a beautiful smile. At Portland Braces, we’re proud to offer various types of braces, each with its own unique set of advantages.
We offer many types and levels of orthodontic care tailored to each patient and his or her specific needs. Our complimentary exam and recall supervision program allow us to identify treatment needs at an early age.
Different Braces for Different Orthodontic Needs
Traditional Metal Braces: These are the oldest treatment in orthodontics and they’re still the most popular option available. Made of high-grade stainless steel, modern braces are thinner, lighter, and more comfortable than their predecessors, and metal braces present one of the most durable, reliable, and cost-effective forms of treatment available.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces work the same way as metal braces but with one key difference: the brackets are made from a clear, ceramic composite material that blends in with teeth. This means that ceramic braces are far less obvious than their metal counterparts. While they have clear aesthetic advantages, ceramic braces are slightly more fragile.
Clear Aligners: This technique consists of a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible when worn and are easy to pop in and out for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking. This means almost no one will know you’re straightening your smile, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods, and maintain oral hygiene. While clear aligners have unique advantages, they may not be suited to all orthodontic conditions. Often, a combination of clear aligners and traditional braces is an excellent treatment choice.
Braces and Surgery Combined: Sometimes adult patients benefit from a combined orthodontic-orthognathic jaw surgery treatment plan. Dr. Dugoni has extensive training and interest in this form of treatment, and welcomes the opportunity to discuss its merits with patients who might benefit from this approach. We value the benefits of a healthy mouth and smile, and to that extent we make decisions about tooth removal as treatment warrants.
Contact Portland Braces, Your Oregon Orthodontist
Every patient is different, and only you and Dr. Schnepper or Dr. Dugoni can decide what the best treatment option is for you. If you would like to find out more about our treatments or have a complementary consultation, we would love to speak with you. Feel free to call us at (503) 287-9710 or reach out to us at our contact page. We are excited to meet you!