Types of Braces
Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. You can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Incognito™ lingual braces are placed behind the teeth and are therefore hidden when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.
InBrace is an invisible orthodontic solution that combines the effectiveness of conventional braces, the aesthetic of lingual braces, and the comfort and ease of aligners all in a single phase appliance.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Dr. Dougherty offers several methods of treatment to fit your diagnosis and lifestyle. These methods correct a broad range of Dental needs. While all of our treatment methods correct the most common needs, some methods specialize in correcting a specific issue.
These issues can include but are not limited to:
Patient started treatment with Incognito at age sixteen. Treatment lasted 20 months.
Openbite: Front teeth don’t touch
Patient sucked her thumb as a young child, and started treatment at age thirteen. She had braces and an appliance called a crib, for twenty-eight months.
Deep overbite: Lower front teeth bite into palate
This adult patient (age twenty-five) required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for twenty months to move the teeth into the correct position, the missing teeth were then replaced with bonded “Maryland” bridges.
Underbite: Lower teeth in front of upper teeth.
Patient’s underbite was causing her jaw discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. Starting at age 30, after thirty months of treatment with braces and an appliance, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of teeth
Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Invisalign closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in twenty-two months.
Overbite: Protruding front teeth
At age ten, patient had a big overbite with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously; the second aligned her teeth and bite with braces and headgear. At age thirteen, she was proudly displaying her new smile.
Patient’s parents brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touched the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After twenty months of Phase 1 treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient’s appearance and dental function was vastly improved.