The Braces Basics
Braces are fixed orthodontic appliances, meaning they’re bonded to your teeth and stay in place throughout your treatment. They apply steady, gentle pressure to move your teeth into their correct positions. The outcome is an aligned bite and a beautiful smile. Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Bloome and Dr. Mount have the expertise to address even the most complex cases. During your free consultation, we’ll show you how our Houston braces can straighten your teeth, improve your oral health and boost your confidence.
Braces Have Gotten a Makeover
In the past, braces were uncomfortable and bulky and the straightening process took a long time. Thankfully, today’s braces are smaller, more streamlined, more comfortable and work much faster. With lightweight, shape-memory archwires and high-tech brackets, like those we use with our Damon™ and SLX™ braces, in some cases, you can finish treatment months sooner with less friction and sensitivity. There’s never been a better time to wear braces!
Metal or Clear Damon™ Braces
Damon braces consist of low profile, self-ligating brackets and lightweight, shape-memory arch wires for maximum precision and comfort. Self-ligating braces don’t use elastics or metal ties. They have a slide mechanism that holds the wire in place, allowing the teeth to move more freely as they’re guided into their ideal positions. There’s less friction and pressure, which decreases discomfort. Since Damon brackets are tie-less, they don’t require tightening and they’re easy to keep clean. We can achieve a terrific end result faster and with fewer appointments. Depending on your specific case, this can translate to seeing your beautiful new smile months sooner than you would with traditional braces. For patients concerned with aesthetics, we also offer clear self-ligating braces for even more discreet treatment!
Metal or Clear Carriere® Slx™ Braces
The SLX bracket system is another choice for self-ligating braces. The brackets don’t require elastics or metal ties and utilize free-sliding technology with gentle, low forces to move your teeth into place more naturally, comfortably and quickly than conventional braces. The design allows for precise results in less time and with fewer appointments. Since there are no elastics to change, visits are shorter. The brackets are sleek, low profile and also feature smooth, rounded edges to reduce irritation. At Houston Orthodontic Specialists, you can choose between metal and clear SLX brackets.
Conventional Clear Braces
Our conventional clear braces are similar to conventional metal braces. Brackets and archwires apply gentle pressure to straighten the teeth and elastics secure the two components together. However, since the brackets are clear, they blend in with your smile and are much less noticeable. Made from newer, durable materials that resist staining, clear braces can benefit younger patients and adult patients alike.
Conventional Metal Braces
Conventional metal braces are still the most common type of orthodontic treatment. They rely on stainless steel brackets and archwires to move the teeth into place and create the ideal bite. Younger patients tend to love traditional metal braces because they can pick out colorful elastics to show off their personalities. Metal braces can treat a wide variety of cases, work for patients of all ages and they’re more attractive and comfortable than they were in the past.
Your Smile Journey
When you come in for your free consultation (you can schedule one here!), you’ll receive a warm welcome, meet the Houston Orthodontic Specialists family and tour our practice. A team member will take digital photos of your teeth and mouth, as well as complimentary digital X-rays. Your orthodontist will use these diagnostic records to come up with an accurate diagnosis. You’ll meet with the doctor to go over the findings, chat about your treatment options in detail and have all of your questions answered. A team member will also go over the cost of treatment, insurance information and our payment plans. By the time your consultation is done, you’ll feel informed and confident about your decisions.
Braces by the Numbers
Braces continue to be the most common teeth-straightening option because they’re efficient, effective and, now, attractive. We have options for every smile.
In a study, patients wearing self-ligating braces reported 60% less discomfort than those in conventional braces.
The wire crib, an early model of modern day braces, was introduced in 1819!
More than four million people in the United States wear braces.