Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Great Neck Orthodontics can provide patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While traditional metal braces are still the most common, clear ceramic braces are very popular with teens and adults who are self-conscious about wearing braces. Removable clear aligners, such as Clarity Aligners and Invisalign, are a more esthetic “braceless” alternative to straight teeth. INBRACE are lingual braces and are the only truly invisible option as they are behind your teeth. Dr. Janine Ellis and Dr. Douglas Palaganas will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used today. They are smaller and more comfortable than ever before and constructed of high-grade space age metal alloys. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene since ceramic braces are larger. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties may discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods, drinks, and smoking.
Clear Aligner Therapy
Clear Aligners, such as Invisalign and 3M Clarity Aligners use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. Most people can’t even tell you are wearing your aligners because they are nearly invisible! Invisalign and all clear aligners are removable so you are not limited in what you can eat and drink during treatment. Plus… brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Invisible Braces (Lingual Braces)
Lingual braces are the truly invisible alternative for patients who don’t want to wear visible braces or when clear aligners are not an option. At Great Neck Orthodontics, we use INBRACE, the most advanced, fully customized, digitally planned lingual system. More than just braces, INBRACE produces customized Smartwires based on the doctor’s treatment plan. INBRACE allows you to brush and floss normally while GentleForce technology moves your teeth efficiently and often more comfortably than traditional braces. They are placed behind your teeth so no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them. Everything about INBRACE treatment is customized digitally for each patient by Dr. Ellis and Dr. Doug to ensure you get the results you want. With lingual braces, you get efficient and effective tooth movement with the best aesthetics.