About Braces

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, applied to your teeth over time, to move them into proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. While braces are available in metal or clear ceramic, they both have the same goal: to correctly align your teeth and jaws for enhanced aesthetic appeal and for better oral health.

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are popular with children and teens, and are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Traditional metal braces feature three main components: the brackets that are placed on each tooth, the arch wire that is threaded through them and the color ties that hold the arch wires to the brackets.

In addition, elastics (rubber bands) are commonly used in conjunction with braces, exerting a constant force to move teeth. Elastics must be worn as prescribed by Dr.Tavakoli and changed as instructed in order to maintain the proper force.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are a popular choice for adults and teens that would like a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Options include clear braces, which use clear ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets for a nearly invisible look.  Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, are another great option for many patients.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are the simplest form of protecting the teeth, gums and bone from injury while playing contact sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse and basketball, not to mention they are one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment.

There are several types of mouth guards, ranging from the stock mouth guards (boil and bite) available at most sporting goods stores, to the more complex custom guards that require an impression to be made of the athlete’s teeth. The simpler design has the advantage of availability and cheaper cost, but if you are wearing braces, our recommendation is that you wear a custom mouth guard that fits comfortably around the braces and will not affect your treatment.