The best accessory for school dances and picture day is a smile you’re proud to see in the mirror. Elite Orthodontics understands the impact of a stunning smile on a person’s self-confidence, especially for our teenage patients. With braces, teens can achieve a smile that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also better functioning. We have various types of braces for your teen to choose from so they can pick the appliance that fits the best with their busy lifestyle.
Our team strives to provide patients with a customized orthodontic experience so everyone who walks through our doors can achieve their dream smile. During your first visit, we will take X-rays and digital scans so we can see the full picture of your oral health and make more informed decisions about your treatment needs.
Once we have all the necessary information, our orthodontist will discuss which options are available to correct your tooth misalignment. We’re happy to discuss any concerns that you may have, including questions about specific types of braces. Together, we’ll determine the type of braces that work best for your needs and goals.
What Should I Expect When I Begin Orthodontic Treatment?
When you begin treatment, there will be a short adjustment period while you get used to the feel of your appliance and the sensation of your teeth shifting. If you feel any discomfort, we suggest you take over-the-counter pain medication or use braces wax on the parts of their appliance that are bothersome.
How Long Will I Wear Braces?
At Elite Orthodontics, we never cut corners when building beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. While we’ve optimized all our treatments so they’re quicker than ever before, we will always take the time to address each of your orthodontic needs and goals. We customize braces treatment plans to meet your unique needs, but most patients complete their process within one to two years.
How To Protect Your Braces
We don’t want anything to come in between and your desired results, so we suggest you avoid hard, sticky, or chewy. Wearing braces is an investment of time and money, and we want to protect your investment, so you don’t have to worry about prolonging your treatment with broken brackets or loose wires. Dr. Aliu recommends you stick to soft and easy-to-chew foods while wearing braces, so there’s no chance of an orthodontic emergency.
Self-ligating braces are the latest technology in braces that have taken the field of orthodontics by storm. Compared to traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces are more sleek and effective. These braces use sliding door technology rather than traditional steel brackets with rubber bands, so the archwire slides through the brackets with almost no friction. We will still have you come in for adjustments like you would in traditional braces, but the appointments are much quicker. Rather than replacing individual ligatures, we can take advantage of the opening and shutting of the self-ligating brackets to make adjustments faster. We will tighten the wire throughout treatment and make changes to your appliance to ensure your teeth and jaw have consistent pressure.
Gold Self Ligating Braces
While there aren’t any colored elastics for you to choose from, we offer self-ligating braces in gold so you can still show off your personality during treatment. This appliance is just as sleek and effective as the silver version, but it allows you to pick your favorite finish. No matter which type of braces you choose, our team of highly-skilled orthodontic experts is ready to help you begin your journey to an elite smile.
We understand that some patients love the consistently stunning results of braces but prefer an appliance that is a little more discreet. Ceramic braces are the perfect blend of effective braces and natural aesthetics so you can get the best of both worlds with your appliance. Instead of using steel brackets for these braces, we use clear ceramic brackets that blend with the look of your natural smile. This way, you can enjoy a less visible treatment without sacrificing the fantastic results you deserve. One important thing to remember about ceramic braces is that they’re less durable than traditional metal brackets, making you more likely to experience breakage.
We attach steel brackets to each of their teeth for this classic orthodontic treatment and thread a metal wire through each bracket. Then, we use elastics to fasten the wire to brackets. We’ll adjust the wire throughout the treatment process, so there is consistent pressure on your teeth to move them into the perfect positions. You can color coordinate the elastics to holidays, their favorite sports teams, and more. While these braces are the most noticeable appliance, they’ve stood the test of time because they help patients like you get happier and healthier smiles that last a lifetime.