Teens & In-Between

It’s time to get that beautiful smile that you deserve!!!

Let’s get your teeth straight, but first, let’s talk about treatment options.
At Embrace Orthodontics we offer three appliance options. The most popular is metal braces. We also offer clear braces which are made of porcelain and clear aligners like invisalign!

  1. Metal Braces
  2. Clear Braces
  3. CLear Aligners

Types of Orthodontic Appliances


Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they're worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them. The advantage: they're practically invisible!   Invisalign and Clear Correct are examples of these type of technology.

Clear Braces

Clear ceramic braces are a variation on the traditional system that provides a far less noticeable method of treatment. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color. This system has become a favorite for adults (including some well-known celebrities) because, unless you look closely, it's hard to notice they're there.

Several types of ceramic braces are currently available, and the technology is constantly improving. Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable... but there are a few tradeoffs. The ceramic brackets can be less durable than their metal counterparts, ceramic braces also cost more than metal — but for many people, the benefit of having an inconspicuous appliance outweighs the costs.

We also offer different the self ligating braces that provide less friction during the tooth movement resulting in a more efficient treatment with gentle forces. Damon Braces and InOvation Braces are two examples of self-ligating braces made in metal and clear, porcelain as well.


Metal Braces

Metal Braces need no introduction. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances offering a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. But you might be surprised to find they're smaller and lighter than ever. If you want a less traditional look, you may be able to choose colorful elastics for the brackets.

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they're worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them. The advantage: they're practically invisible!   Invisalign and Clear Correct are examples of these type of technology.

Clear Braces

Clear ceramic braces are a variation on the traditional system that provides a far less noticeable method of treatment. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color. This system has become a favorite for adults (including some well-known celebrities) because, unless you look closely, it's hard to notice they're there.

Several types of ceramic braces are currently available, and the technology is constantly improving. Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable... but there are a few tradeoffs. The ceramic brackets can be less durable than their metal counterparts, ceramic braces also cost more than metal — but for many people, the benefit of having an inconspicuous appliance outweighs the costs.

We also offer different the self ligating braces that provide less friction during the tooth movement resulting in a more efficient treatment with gentle forces. Damon Braces and InOvation Braces are two examples of self-ligating braces made in metal and clear, porcelain as well.


Metal Braces

Metal Braces need no introduction. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances offering a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. But you might be surprised to find they're smaller and lighter than ever. If you want a less traditional look, you may be able to choose colorful elastics for the brackets.

Diet

Now it’s time to talk about what you can or can’t eat with braces. Many of the foods you love and have grown accustomed to eating could cause trouble for the overall health of your teeth or issues with the care of your braces. So, here’s a list of foods to avoid:

Ice – Although refreshing, ICE is not your friend!

Nuts & Chips – The crunch is real, we know, but it’s a no go!

Hard Breads & Pizza Crust - it’s the best part, I know… but you’ll manage!

Step Away from the Candy! Stay away from sticky and high sugar foods such as Tootsie Rolls, Starburst, Laffy-Taffy, caramels and gum

You’ll also need to minimize your intake of soda, Kool-Aid, Gatorade and sweet treats like cakes, cookies and ice cream. I know you’re asking yourself, “Well, what can I eat?” We know it’s hard but if you stick to the program, you’ll have the best smile in town!

We really do want you to enjoy your Pre-Teen and Teen years, we just don’t want you in braces until you’re married, so your length of treatment depends totally on you! It’s important to keep your appointments, eat the right foods and follow your treatment plan. The cleaner you keep your gums and teeth, the faster your treatment will be. Make sure you brush and floss regularly!!

Throughout your treatment, you may experience occasional discomfort, but we have the solution for you! What would you do if you hurt your knee? You would put ice on it! We treat orthodontics the same way. We never prescribe anything stronger than Tylenol. We advise you to drink cold water or eat cold foods like ice cream, but don't overdo it! See, that’s not so bad!