General information about Braces

Quality is of the utmost importance to me. I use only new (never recycled) braces.

In addition to the standard stainless steel (metal) braces, I also offer clear braces for those patients who desire a less conspicuous alternative (see the models below who are wearing the clear braces) and gold braces.

It may also be possible to move your teeth without braces at all. Certain limited problems can now be treated with the new Invisalign system. Click the "Invisalign" graphic below to learn more.



Cost

(This answer is not meant to be evasive). I do not have one set fee for "braces." My fees are based upon the severity of the case. Having one set fee would mean that I would be overcharging you for an easy case, and that I would not be receiving a fair fee for a difficult case. After the initial examination visit, I can usually tell you what the fee will be or at least give you a fee range if I need more diagnostic information before developing a treatment plan. There is a nominal charge for the initial examination that is credited back to you if and when you proceed into active treatment.

Bracket recycling

I never have used recycled braces, and I never will. Tell me more

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Kinds of Braces (also referred to as "brackets")

I currently use three different types of braces: the traditional metal (stainless steel) braces, clear ceramic braces, and the Damon System brackets. You can follow the links below to find out more.

Victory Series Bracket System from 3M Unitek - these are the traditional stainless steel braces

Clarity brackets from 3M Unitek - these are the clear ceramic braces - I use the non-self ligating ones.

Damon System - uses ultra-low forces with high-tech wires to enable me to treat most cases without extractions, in shorter time with fewer appointments

 


Ceramic Braces Advantages/Disadvantages


Lingual Braces

Braces that are placed behind the teeth (on the surface facing your tongue) are called "Lingual Braces." I do not use these types of braces for several reasons:

I am not comfortable with using lingual braces. I have only treated one patient (during my orthodontic training) using these types of braces. In my limited experience with using these braces, I found the visits to be more uncomfortable for the patient (he needed to lean his head back very far in order for me to be able to see what I was doing), and more uncomfortable for me since I had to lean over more. In addition, the adjustment visits took much longer since I needed to be more precise with putting bends in wires (the braces are closer together since the arch form that connects the inside surfaces of the teeth is of a smaller dimension than the arch form that connects the outer surfaces of the teeth. The braces are also initially relatively more irritating to the tongue than braces that are on the outer surface of the teeth. My understanding is that since this is a more difficult technique, orthodontists who use this technique charge significantly more for this service. If my patients want a less conspicuous alternative, I offer ceramic braces (see above) or they may be a candidate for the Invisalign system.


Putting Braces On

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