Braces in Tucson, AZ

Braces can be made of metal or ceramic. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.

Braces and You

When making a decision about whether or not to undergo a braces treatment, we want you to feel as informed and empowered as you possibly can.

This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Why Get Braces?

There are two primary objectives of orthodontic treatment:

  • Creating a beautiful smile
  • Establishing proper function of the teeth

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of braces, but what are the benefits of establishing proper dental function? The benefits of having healthy teeth and proper function are:

  • Straight teeth are easier to clean, which may prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • Proper dental function will decrease the abnormal wear of tooth surfaces and increase chewing function

Crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem. Children and adults whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their smiles with tight lips or a protective hand.

Types of Braces

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are usually referred to as “metal braces” and are generally the most common. They are formed by bonding metal brackets to a patient’s teeth and connecting them through an arch wire. Traditional braces contain elastic bands that encompass the metal bracket. The elastic bands allow our patients to pick from a variety of colors during each appointment throughout the course of their braces treatment. This process allows the teeth to shift over time creating that “perfect smile”.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are structured like traditional braces, although, the bracket is composed of clear material. Ceramic braces are popular among many because they are less noticeable than traditional braces. It is important to note that patients who choose ceramic braces need to be cautious of their oral hygiene because the material is delicate and can acquire stains.

More Information

For more information, visit our Life with Braces page.

Leber Ortho - Central
(520) 795-2323

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(520) 664-0101

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