The Different Types of Braces

There have been many technological advancements over the years when it comes to braces treatment. They’ve gone from being bulky and painful to smaller and more comfortable than ever. With these advancements come more treatment options to choose from, and each comes with plenty of orthodontics benefits. At Buttram Orthodontics, we want you to enjoy all the perks that orthodontic technology has to offer. Let’s go over the types of braces our practice offers.

There are many reasons to get braces, regardless of what type of treatment you choose. At Buttram Orthodontics, our cutting-edge technology and well-trained team can effectively treat many dental issues, including:

Every smile is unique, so our team creates a customized treatment plan for every patient who visits our office. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, our practice has a wide range of affordable options available for patients of all ages, including braces. Let’s take a look at what these treatment options are, how they work, and how we can use them to give you the results you want.

Types of braces

Traditional Metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely recognized type of orthodontic treatment. These braces are made out of stainless steel and other high-quality metals, giving them long-lasting durability. Metal braces don’t need the more complex technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do, so they are often a more affordable option. 

Clear braces

Also known as ceramic braces, clear braces function in much the same way metal braces do. The difference is that this option is made from tooth-colored ceramic brackets. Clear braces are roughly the same size and shape as metal braces, but they blend in with your natural smile for a more discreet treatment option. This choice is especially popular amongst adults and older teen patients due to their nearly invisible appearance.

The only disadvantage of clear braces is that they are slightly more prone to chipping or cracking. Since metal braces tolerate more pressure than ceramic ones, our team may only suggest them if you have more complex oral issues. With the right attention and care, they can be just as effective and comfortable as metal braces!

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system is made up of clear, removable aligners custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth. They are worn twenty to twenty-two hours per day throughout the treatment process and replaced every one to two weeks for the next aligner in the system, as directed by one of our orthodontists. Much like clear braces, this is a popular option for older patients because of its more discreet appearance.

Invisalign offers patients more flexibility compared to traditional braces. You can remove them during meals, so there are fewer diet restrictions, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. When it’s time to brush and floss, just take them out, rinse, and you’re ready to go!


Caring for your braces

Regardless of what type of treatment you choose, you’ll have to make a few adjustments to your oral hygiene routine to accommodate your smile’s new treatment. If you struggle with brushing and flossing while wearing braces, there are tools available to make the process easier. Waterpiks help rinse any hard-to-reach areas and ortho picks can assist with flossing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Another thing to consider is changes to your diet. Sticky and crunchy foods can damage your brackets and wires, so it’s best to avoid these kinds of foods during your treatment. Just remember, these restrictions are temporary! Any minor frustrations you experience will be more than worth it once your braces come off and you see your beautiful new smile.

During your treatment, you should expect to come in for follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, Dr. Buttram will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and may replace the wire as well. These check-ups are usually brief, and we respect your time, so you won’t have to miss much time away from school or work. There may be some residual soreness following these adjustments, but this should go away quickly. These visits are a very important part of your overall treatment plan. We want to help you get the extraordinary results you deserve, so be sure to stop by our office!


Trust your smile at Buttram Orthodontics

You deserve to trust your smile in the right hands, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you’re just getting started on your orthodontic journey or looking for a new office to visit, Buttram Orthodontics is your location for modern orthodontic treatment. Dr. Buttram has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics for over thirty years and is passionate about providing exceptional care to every patient who visits us.

Our office is conveniently located in Panama City, Florida, so your orthodontic care is always close to home, school, or work. We encourage you to reach out for your FREE consultation with our expert team at Buttram Orthodontics to get started on your personalized journey to a healthy and happy smile.