Braces & Clear Braces

Braces options for patients of all ages

Braces are an efficient way to align your teeth and correct your bite. Dr. Frazier will glue your braces to very specific locations on your teeth. Then she uses different sized wires to gently move your teeth throughout treatment.

With braces, you can pick fun colors to stand out or more discreet colors to make your braces less noticeable. Our patients love picking their favorite sports team or holiday colors. You get to pick new colors at every visit.

In growing patients, braces may be combined with orthopedic treatments to correct skeletal imbalances. Our offices uses 3D printed orthopedic appliances to correct your bite. 3D technology allows these appliances to be custom made to fit your teeth so well. They make getting them easy and efficient.

What is the difference between metal braces and clear braces?

Metal braces and clear braces work the same way. Clear braces, also called ceramic braces, are a more discreet way to straighten your smile with braces.

Steps to Getting Braces

1. Complimentary Consultation

At your consultation we will talk to you about your teeth and smile goals. Then, we will take two orthodontic xrays, photographs, and a 3D iTero scan of your teeth. Dr. Frazier will examine your teeth, jaws, and bite to determine what treatment options are best for you.

2. Digital Impressions

Instead of taking molds (impressions) of your teeth, we use state of the art technology to take digital impressions of your teeth. Dr. Frazier will use this scan to evaluate your teeth and bite, as well as 3D print any necessary appliances (such as expanders or clear aligners). Digital scans are a quick, easy, and comfortable way to make digital models of your teeth.

3. Bondings

Getting braces on is a simple and exciting process. We will dry your teeth, then glue the braces to your teeth with a special tooth glue. We shine a light on your teeth to get the tooth glue to dry. We then place a wire through your braces and secure it with color ties. You get to pick your colors and you can change your colors at every appointment!

4. Adjustment Visits

Once you get your braces on, we will check on you every 6-8 weeks. At your adjustment visits, Dr. Frazier will change your wires or place bends in your wires to move your teeth. Part way through treatment we will take progress xrays and photos to evaluate your treatment progress.

5. Braces Off

Braces off (also known as Debond Day) is an exciting day for all of our patients. Dr. Frazier will remove your braces and gently remove the glue from your teeth. You will also get clear plastic retainers to wear. These are essential for keeping your teeth straight and maintaining your beautiful new smile.

Braces FAQ

Ask Dr. Frazier, our Board Certified Orthodontic Expert

Braces work by applying light pressure to your teeth. Dr. Frazier applies forces to your teeth in specific strengths and directions. These forces gently move your teeth through the bone and gums that surround them.

Not only do braces improve the aesthetics of your smile, they also correct your bite. A balanced bite is important to maintain healthy teeth throughout your life. Since braces are glued to your teeth, you don’t have to worry about taking them in and out like you do with clear aligners.

Believe it or not, orthodontists care for more than just your teeth. In growing patients, Dr. Frazier uses orthopedic treatment to guide your facial and jaw growth in the proper direction. Examples of orthopedic treatment include palatal expanders (to widen your top jaw) or Herbst appliances (to encourage your lower jaw to move forward). These appliances work best in growing patients.

Most patients will wear rubber bands (elastics) during their orthodontic treatment. The type of rubber bands you wear and how long you will wear them depend on your specific bite. Dr. Frazier will instruct you on how to wear your rubber bands. It is important that you wear your rubber bands properly, so that you can finish your orthodontic treatment on time.

Yes! All orthodontic patients get clear plastic retainers at the end of treatment. Wearing retainers at night for the rest of your life is the best way to guarantee that your smile stays beautiful.