All types of braces work in the same way, by placing a constant, gentle force on the teeth to move them into their ideal positions. However, modern orthodontics has given Dr. Kalimian several different options from which you can choose for your treatment depending on your lifestyle, needs, and overall smile goals. You’re no longer stuck with metal braces as your only choice, though even metal braces are far more discreet and comfortable than in the past. You can also take advantage of self-ligating braces, clear braces, clear aligners, and lingual braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are composed of small metal brackets bonded onto teeth in order to move them into the proper position. Wires are then attached to the brackets by elastics. Metal braces are a great option for patients of all ages, and are the most popular choice for children in need of braces because of their strength and resilience. The frequency of office visits vary, though the intervals are usually once every four to eight weeks.
Self-ligating braces are a specific type of braces that hold the wire in place without the need for the elastics to go around each bracket. Dr. Kalimian offers In-Ovation® self-ligating braces at our Great Neck, NY orthodontic office. In-Ovation braces utilize a patented clip that engages the wire in the braces. This creates a free-sliding effect which reduces friction and allows teeth to move freely. As a result, you have less discomfort and faster treatment than with traditional braces. Patients who choose self-ligating braces will need to visit Dr. Kalimian once every two to three months for adjustments, so it’s a great choice for busy professionals and adults on the go.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces consist of small ceramic brackets bonded onto teeth and wires attached to the brackets which move teeth into their proper position. Ceramic braces are a good option for patients who want the benefits of traditional braces without looking like they have metal braces in their mouth. Ceramic braces can be more fragile than their metal counterparts, so extra care and attention when eating is necessary. Patients who have ceramic braces will need to visit Kalimian Orthodontics once every four to eight weeks for adjustments.
lear aligners are clear plastic trays that are custom made to each patient’s teeth. The aligners are worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next set of aligners in the series. They are removable, which makes hygiene and eating easier, and are comfortable, because they do not utilize metal parts to move the teeth. Dr. Kalimian offers Invisalign® as a clear aligner treatment in Great Neck, NY.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore "invisible" when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of the back of your teeth to ensure your comfort. If you are an athlete, model, actors/actress, musician who plays wind instruments, or an adult professional, lingual braces could be an excellent choice.