Traditional metal brackets are the most common type of braces today. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal brackets are designed to be lower profile and more comfortable than ever before. Patients can choose from our variety of color rubber bands for a unique and colorful smile for every occasion!
Ceramic brackets are tooth colored and thus more cosmetically appealing than the metal brackets. These esthetic brackets are made of hard, clear material that is more brittle than metal brackets. Due to their capacity to chip teeth in a deep bite patient, ceramic braces tend to be used more on the upper teeth. Due to different material qualities, these brackets are not available to extraction patients. Patients can choose either our ivory/tooth color rubber bands for an esthetic look or color rubber bands for a unique eye popping style!
Invisalign is the newest technology and a force to be reckoned with in orthodontics. The orthodontist configures a plan on how to straighten your teeth with a series of clear, removable aligners. You can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment and can brush and floss as easily as before starting treatment. Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day to achieve the best results. Not all cases are appropriate for Invisalign, and your specific case will be evaluated for Invisalign at the consultation visit.
Another option for those who want their braces not to show as much, lingual braces are braces that fit on the inside or “tongue side” of the teeth to stay hidden from view. Modern lingual braces utilize impressive technology to fully customize the appliances to perfectly fit each patient’s unique teeth. If you’re interested, ask Dr. Woo if they would be a good option for you.
Propel is the new armamentarium (that’s “equipment” to you) that is going to make your life with braces much sweeter by taking less time to reach the end results. The Propel technique is used in conjunction with your Invisalign or traditional braces during your routine visits to literally speed up the process by stimulating the bone in order to move teeth into place faster. Dr. Woo will be more than happy to discuss this groundbreaking technology with you and determine if this treatment will be a good course of action for your situation.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are the latest technological addition that help speed up the process of tooth movement while undergoing orthodontic treatment. TADs can even help to move stubborn teeth into place through proper placement of mini-screws or implants in the jawbone.
This is a temporary addition to your treatment and the implants and/or screws will be removed once your treatment period is complete. Dr. Woo will be happy to discuss this type treatment with you and will determine if you may be a good candidate for this procedure.