Love Orthodontics prides itself on being able to offer our patients every available option for braces. Not all orthodontists are prepared to do this. Dr. Grewal has undergone hundreds of hours of additional training in order to meet all of our patients’ needs. We offer a professional assessment and treatment plan specifically for your individual needs (or your child’s) and it’s completely free of charge. Options include:
Traditional braces are made out of stainless steel and titanium. These are probably what comes to mind when you think of traditional braces, However, nowadays they are smaller, flatter, and more lightweight. They cover less tooth surface than the old-school braces and are less irritating to the mouth.
A small bracket is bonded to each tooth and a dental wire (also called an arch wire) is used to connect the brackets together. O-rings (similar to tiny rubber bands) are used to attach the arch wire to the brackets. Adjustments are made to the positioning of the arch wire in order to slowly move teeth into the correct position.
Traditional braces are the most durable and least expensive option. Kids have fun with these because the O-rings are available in just about every color and can be customized at each adjustment appointment to give the appearance of having colored braces. READ MORE.
Clear, or tooth-colored braces, work just like traditional ones except that they are made out of porcelain instead of metal. These are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces and can be customized to be completely clear or tinted to match your tooth color. The arch wire can be frosted or white and the O-rings can also be clear or white. READ MORE.
Lingual braces are completely invisible because they are placed on the back of the teeth rather than the front. This is a common option chosen by adults because no one will ever know that you are wearing braces! The brackets are smaller than regular braces since they’re placed on the back of the teeth. They can be used in most cases except for those with severe bite issues (which would cause the braces to break off).
Few orthodontists offer lingual braces as a treatment option because they require additional training by the American Lingual Orthodontic Association to learn how to use the equipment needed to apply and maintain them since they must be custom-engineered for each individual’s needs. Dr. Grewal understands that this is an option that some of his patients might prefer, especially adults who have concerns about appearances, and has undergone extensive training so that he can offer this type of treatment. READ MORE.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional metal braces except that O-rings are not needed. The brackets that are attached to teeth are smaller, smoother, and contain a small clip that the arch wire is threaded through. Because the wire can be held in place by the clip, O-rings aren’t necessary. Because there isn’t any friction or “stop” to slow the arch wire’s movement, teeth are able to move faster with less pressure than traditional braces.
Self-Ligating require fewer adjustments so there are not as many office visits as traditional braces. Because less pressure is needed to move teeth, the amount of discomfort is greatly diminished. Also, because there are no O-rings, teeth are easier to brush and floss. READ MORE.
Invisalign® offers a different concept entirely for straightening teeth. They are clear, plastic aligners that are molded to fit perfectly over your teeth. All of your aligners will be pre-made when you start your treatment and are switched out every few weeks. Each aligner is engineered by Dr. Grewal to slowly move teeth into their correct position as they are changed out.
Invisalign® braces are almost invisible. Traditional types of braces have some dietary restrictions such as avoiding chewy or hard foods which may damage hardware. However, because Invisalign ® braces are removed for eating and drinking, you can still eat whatever you want. They are also removed for brushing and flossing so it’s easier to keep up with daily oral hygiene. Additionally, these braces are less irritating to the inside of the mouth and have an easier adjustment period.
At Love Orthodontics, all we do is braces! We strive to make your experience with us fun and pain-free. Our free consultation includes a detailed exam and x-rays so that we can discuss which options are appropriate for you or your child. Our staff will also explain pricing, insurance, and available financing based on your needs. READ MORE.