Types of Braces

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With today’s new orthodontic advancements, there are more teeth straightening options than ever before. Cucalon Orthodontics proudly offers a variety of braces options to get you the smile you always dreamed of having. Dr. Cucalon uses braces to deliver the most consistent and stable results in smile correction and root alignment. Some of the most challenging cases Dr. Cucalon treats are skeletal discrepancies such as severe overjet (horizontal component), severe overbite (vertical component), crossbites, underbites, straight or retrognathic (flat) profiles, high gum lines (gummy smile), and severe crowding requiring expansion.





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Braces Types

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when they think of orthodontic treatment. Due to recent orthodontic advancements metal braces are more compact, less noticeable and more comfortable than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are still one of the most effective smile correcting options available. Traditional braces also give the patient the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands), bringing a personal touch to each smile.

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners are a series of clear medical-grade plastic aligners that are custom created for each individual to gradually move teeth into alignment. These aligners are metal free and removable, so eating, flossing and brushing can be done hassle free. Due to the material of the aligners, trays appear to be almost invisible when worn and are preferable among patients seeking a more discrete smile correcting option.

Herbst Appliance

The Herbst is a growth modification appliance that is used when the upper jaw is too far forward compared to the lower jaw. It replaces the old-fashioned headgear and can prevent surgery and extractions in certain cases. Normally, the appliance is worn for at least 1 year, but improvement in a patient’s bite can be seen in as little as 3-9 months.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces involve the use of sliding-door technology known as “self-ligation.” Self-ligation allows the arch wires to slide back and forth within the bracket. Elastic or steel ties are unnecessary with this system of braces, therefore causing less friction and increased comfort for patients. Additionally, self-ligating braces can quicken treatment time and reduce the number of required adjustments throughout treatment.