All braces work similarly to improve your teeth’s alignment, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces, both of which are offered at Foothills Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. To choose the best treatment option for you, it’s important to consider the advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of orthodontic treatment and how each aligns with your smile goals during treatment.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces work by applying constant, gentle pressure to your teeth. Brackets are affixed to the front of the teeth and connected with the archwire, which helps move the teeth. The strength of this wire, which is something Dr. Evan will adjust periodically throughout the treatment process, is ultimately what gently pulls your teeth into position.

Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces straighten teeth by using a combination of metal brackets, archwires, and elastic bands. While this is definitely the more noticeable option, metal braces have been a top treatment choice among patients thanks to their proven record for efficient and effective results. Metal braces are excellent for treating a wide range of issues, ranging from minor aesthetic fixes to complex smile corrections.

Although the more affordable of orthodontic treatment options, braces are an investment in your future smile and overall oral health, so we want to make sure you get the most out of your treatment. We use the latest in braces technology to ensure your experience is seamless and comfortable

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic or clear braces work just like traditional braces. However, these brackets are made using ceramic material that blends in with your natural tooth color. Ceramic braces are a great option for those looking for the same effectiveness as traditional braces, but with a more aesthetically discreet appearance.

Although just as effective, it is important to note that these brackets are known to be less durable. However, for patients who are responsible and take great care of their braces, ceramic braces are an excellent treatment option.

Getting Started

During your initial consultation, we will take X-rays of your mouth and teeth to gain an accurate picture of your current smile and any issues needing correction. The next step involves making an impression of your smile. Unlike the traditional methods of taking impressions, our process is fully digital, meaning no messy and uncomfortable molds. After a full examination, Dr. Evan will suggest a customized treatment plan best suited for your needs and goals.

Picking the Right Braces for You

The right type of appliance and orthodontic treatment should fit into your lifestyle. For example, you can choose traditional metal braces if you want a classic appliance used for generations, and ceramic braces if you want a more discrete and nearly invisible treatment. Both types of braces offer similar treatment times and can effectively treat a range of orthodontic issues.

At your initial consultation, our experienced team, led by Dr. Evan, will explain all of your options and assist you in making an informed choice about your treatment. We offer customized treatment plans to all patients, including our options for braces. At your initial consultation, be sure to ask us about the difference between traditional semi-custom and fully customized orthodontic prescriptions.

How Can We Help?

The Foothills Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics team is here to serve patients with high-quality orthodontic treatment in the Sevierville, Knoxville, TN areas. As professionals, we understand the importance of choosing the right types of braces and we want you to be completely satisfied and confident in your treatment. We’ve created a friendly and relaxing environment at each of our offices so that you know you and your family will always be treated with the highest standard of care.