Which Type of Braces is Right for You?

The field of orthodontics has been around for a few centuries, but modern advancements in dentistry have given us virtually endless possibilities in today’s world. Over the past few decades, braces have evolved to be more sleek, comfortable, and aesthetic. At Knight Orthodontics in Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY, Dr. L. Douglas Knight offers several different types of braces to meet your individual needs and goals. Now, orthodontic patients have more options than ever before.

Metal Braces

Silver in color, metal braces are the most common and cost-effective type of appliance used in orthodontic treatment. Composed of surgical-grade stainless steel, metal braces have become more sleek and comfortable in recent years. A combination of brackets, wires, and bands are used to apply gentle, constant force to your teeth. This mild pressure will gradually move your teeth into their desired new positions.

The arch wire is held in place with small elastic ties, that are wrapped around each bracket. These elastic ties come in a wide variety of color choices. Some patients choose subtle, monotone colors. Others choose more bright, vivid, colorful options. You may even choose to wear your beloved sports team’s colors, or festive hues to celebrate your favorite holiday. There are endless ways to make braces fun, and express your individuality!

Ceramic Braces

Clear or tooth-colored braces are a popular choice for patients who desire a more aesthetically pleasing option. These braces work the same as traditional metal braces, but are made of ceramic or porcelain materials. The metal arch wire is frosted to make it white in color, for a less noticeable effect. This choice is quite common in our adult patients, or anyone who prefers a more discreet orthodontic appliance. Ceramic braces are more costly than conventional metal braces, but many patients find the added aesthetic benefit is well worth it.

Because ceramic is more fragile than metal, these braces can be slightly less durable. However, should anything happen to your arch wire or brackets, we can fit you into our schedule right away to address the issue. It is wise to limit coffee, tea, and red wine while wearing ceramic braces, as the elastic ties around the brackets tend to stain. However, this is not an urgent situation, as the elastics are changed at each monthly appointment. You can also avoid staining by maintaining excellent dental hygiene throughout your treatment, and brush your teeth after every meal. As always, we recommend abstaining from tobacco products. Not only does smoking stain your teeth and elastics, but it also compromises your overall health.

Aside from minor challenges, clear or tooth-colored braces are the preferred choice for many patients. We can help you decide if ceramic braces are a practical option for you.

Invisible Braces

Clear aligner trays have become very popular with teen and adult patients, especially since it is the least conspicuous style of orthodontic corrective treatment. Some patients can benefit from this type of appliance. However, it must be noted it is not for everyone. Because proper orthodontic treatment is comprehensive, many patients may not achieve the full benefit of orthodontic treatment with invisible braces alone. The cost for invisible braces is notably higher than traditional options.

A primary cause for concern regarding invisible braces is they lack the ability to treat comprehensively. While they can effectively correct minor misalignment, they are not recommended for patients who need more extensive modifications. Invisible braces cannot move teeth vertically or rotate them, nor can they repair issues with back tooth occlusion. Additionally, many patients find it is easy to forget to wear the invisible trays. A lack of compliance can result in longer treatment time.

Though invisible braces are not for everyone, Dr. Knight is happy to see you for a complimentary consultation to determine if you may be a candidate.

What’s Your Type?

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, but are unsure which type of braces you would like to pursue, we can schedule you for a complimentary evaluation with Dr. Knight. We are always here to answer any of your questions. To schedule an appointment, visit us online or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).

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Knight Orthodontics Locations

Louisville, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
3210 Westport Green Pl.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-6453

Radcliff, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
555 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-5151

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Beth Searcy
Beth Searcy
01:54 07 Sep 17
My issue was more complicated than simply braces to straighten teeth - it included extensive jaw advancement surgery as well. Dr Knight and his staff were great through the entire 18 month process - always available, always willing to answer any questions and they also maintained constant communication with the surgeon so that everyone was always on the same page which was very comforting.
Harrison Bratton
Harrison Bratton
22:27 01 Sep 17
Staff is great, extremely helpful and reliable. Dr.Knight suggests the best things for you and is very good at his job. My smile is bigger and brighter thanks to them !
Marla Harris
Marla Harris
19:52 09 Aug 17
Dr. Knight and his staff have been wonderful throughout the entire process starting with braces for my daughter and now my son. Both of my children had positive experiences with Dr. Knight and his staff. I would highly recommend Knight Orthodontics to anyone. Thanks for making my children's smiles even more beautiful! Marla Harris
thomas troxtle
thomas troxtle
19:20 14 Jun 17
Dr. Knight and his team are remarkable! I can't give enough positive feedback about them. Caring, kind, attentive and personal. It is definitely 100% about the clients. Great work. Life changing. 10 out of 5 stars!!
Macreena Groody
Macreena Groody
21:21 02 Jun 17
I've been coming to Knight Orthodontics since I was in grade school. The team is so friendly and professional, you will always be greeted with a smile. Dr. Knight and his incredible staff make me feel right at home. Dr. Knight has done an amazing job not just on my own teeth, but on my mom and brother's as well. I highly recommend this office!
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