Types of Braces

Bridge City Braces is proud to offer high-quality corrective treatment options along with next-level care. Our team is passionate about providing our patients with the best orthodontics has to offer, and our metal and clear ceramic braces are some of the most advanced appliances available. While braces have been used to create beautiful smiles for generations, these appliances have evolved to near perfection in recent years. You can now achieve the same classic smile with braces that are sleeker and more efficient than ever.

Traditional Metal Braces

Braces have been a staple in orthodontics for generations, and the most popular version has been traditional metal braces. These braces consist of stainless steel brackets placed on each tooth and a wire linking them all together. The brackets and wires are then bound by elastic ligatures, or rubber bands, that can be customized by color to show your personality and make treatment more fun.

During your time in braces, the wires will be adjusted to apply consistent pressure to your teeth and jaw so they gradually shift into the correct positions. Although traditional metal braces have been around for a long time, the appliance has evolved through the years and become less bulky and more effective than ever.

These braces have stood the test of time because they are incredibly effective, and our patients trust them to deliver beautiful results. If you are looking for a tried and true corrective method that has been perfected through the generations, this is the appliance for you. We’ve experienced countless braces patients go through a complete smile transformation under the care of our skilled team, and we can attest to the efficiency of this appliance.

The cost of braces varies depending on the extent of your orthodontic issues and how long you will need to remain in the appliance. We create custom treatment plans for each of our patients, so everyone’s timeline looks a little bit different. While each patient varies, we usually take people’s braces off within one to two years.

It takes some time to get used to the feel of the metal appliance in your mouth, but we’ve found that our patients quickly adjust to their braces with little to no discomfort or pain. If you are feeling uncomfortable, it’s most likely just because of this adjustment period and the feeling of your teeth shifting into place for your improved smile. In these situations, we suggest you take over-the-counter pain medication or apply braces wax to the part of the appliance that’s irritating your mouth.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces are a great corrective treatment option for those looking for the efficiency of traditional metal braces with a more discreet appearance. Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces use a system of brackets and wires to gradually shift your teeth and jaw into place for your dream smile. The key difference is that instead of being made of stainless steel, the brackets are made of a clear ceramic material that blends in with your natural smile. Something to consider when deciding between these types of braces is that ceramic braces are slightly less durable than the metal version, so they may be a better option for older patients.

Every treatment plan we create is customized to serve our patients’ best interests and give them the care they need to address their orthodontic issues and expectations. This means that timelines for treatment will vary depending on the extent of the issues and how well you take care of your appliance. While each plan is different, clear ceramic and metal braces usually work at a similar pace. After about one or two years in ceramic braces, most of our patients have achieved the smile they’ve always wanted and can get their appliance removed.

Our team doesn’t want anything to stand in the way of you achieving the smile you deserve, so we’ve created various flexible financing plans that can help you straighten your teeth without breaking the bank. We also work diligently to partner with insurance providers so that you pay as few out-of-pocket costs as possible. If you are interested in learning more about your treatment and financial options, we’d be happy to schedule your free ortho consult.