Types of Braces

There’s never been a better time to need braces! In recent years, we’ve seen orthodontic technology make huge strides, and today’s orthodontists can offer patients a wide range of unique treatment options. Here at Christian Manley Orthodontics, our expert team can successfully treat a range of orthodontic issues in patients of all ages. This includes: 

  • crowded teeth
  • gaps between the teeth
  • protruding teeth
  • overbites
  • underbites
  • crossbite
  • impacted teeth

We can improve our patients’ oral health by using several treatment methods, including traditional braces. Braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment, and probably the most recognizable appliance as well. Once upon a time, braces were big, bulky, and quite uncomfortable. Fortunately, modern braces are smaller, more aesthetically pleasing, and more efficient, too! This transformation has led to a better orthodontic experience for both patients and orthodontists.

If you’ve been considering braces to achieve a healthier smile, you may be wondering what options are available to you. When you schedule your free consultation with Dr. Manley, he’ll be able to determine which treatment option would be best for you and your unique needs. For now, let’s take a look at what types of braces are available, how they differ, and how this orthodontic staple can give you a happy, healthy smile!

What are traditional braces?

Traditional braces use of metal or clear brackets that Dr. Manley will attach to your teeth. He’ll connect the brackets using wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. This method is very good at fixing complex tooth issues. It can also work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might. The efficiency that traditional braces offer could potentially shorten your treatment time, although this will vary from patient to patient. In general, the average treatment time for braces is usually anywhere from 18-36 months.

Caring for traditional braces can come with a bit of a learning curve in the early days, but it gets easier with time and practice. A good dental hygiene routine is essential for oral health, but it’s even more critical for patients in braces since food and bacteria can get stuck between the wires and teeth. 

If you struggle to brush and floss well while wearing braces, there are many tools and accessories to make it easier. Waterpiks can help rinse any hard to reach areas, and ortho picks can assist with flossing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night before bed to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout the treatment process (and beyond!)

When it comes to meals and snacks, anything too sticky or crunchy can damage the brackets and wires. For this reason, patients in braces will need to avoid these kinds of foods during treatment. While it can take some getting used to, remember that it won’t last forever! All of these minor frustrations will pay off once your braces come off, and you see your beautiful new smile.

Braces patients can expect follow-up visits in our Sammamish or Issaquah office every 4-8 weeks or so throughout treatment. During these appointments, Dr. Manley will change the bands attached to the brackets and may replace the wire. These check-ups tend to be pretty short, so you should be able to get back to school or work quickly! While there may sometimes be minor residual soreness following these adjustments, it should only be temporary.

These regular visits are an essential part of the overall treatment plan. To ensure the very best results in the least amount of time, you should always try your best not to miss them! If you need to cancel or reschedule, please let us know as soon as possible to keep your plan on track. 

invisalign aligner

What types of braces are available at Christian Manley Orthodontics?

Damon self-ligating and Damon Clear braces

The Damon System is a scientifically proven approach to orthodontic treatment where each bracket is self-ligating. This kind of braces have a door that holds the wire in the bracket without elastic ties. Self-ligating braces put less pressure on your teeth because they are always working to move your teeth, even between appointments. 

This innovative treatment option has several features, including:

  • freedom of movement, which results in faster treatment times with gentler forces
  • fewer adjustments required
  • less discomfort than traditional braces
  • precision and effectiveness, reducing the need for many of the more time-consuming
  • procedures used with traditional braces
  • smaller, more comfortable braces that are also easier to keep clean

Damon smiles are fuller, more natural, and require lighter forces to achieve incredible results tailored to you. 

We also offer Damon Clear braces specifically designed for patients who want the same exceptional Damon results but with less noticeable brackets. Damon Clear brackets are made from a crystalline material, so they are clear, durable, and comfortable. They’re also stain-resistant!

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of clear, removable aligners that Dr. Manley will design to comfortably fit your teeth. Like traditional braces, these customized aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions. You’ll get the results you’re looking for by wearing your aligner for 20-22 hours per day during your treatment and replacing them every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. 

Invisalign offers patients a bit more freedom and flexibility than regular braces do. There are no food restrictions since you’ll remove your aligners to eat and drink, and it’s easy to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets. You simply remove the aligner, then brush and floss the way you usually would!

Dr. Manley with a patient

Find your best smile with braces by Christian Manley Orthodontics 

At Christian Manley Orthodontics, we know that every smile is unique. What works for one patient may not be successful for another, and that’s why Dr. Manley creates a customized treatment plan for all of his patients. When you choose our practice, you can trust that he will always take your specific needs, lifestyle, and goals into consideration when recommending the best treatment plan for your smile!

If you’re in Sammamish and Issaquah or the surrounding communities, we’d love to discuss how braces can give you a beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE virtual consultation with Dr. Manley!