Traditional & Clear Braces

Tried-and-true tools, exceptional results

A Solution For All Ages

Why Choose Braces?

1. Reliable

Traditional braces are the most tried-and-true method in orthodontics. We offer various braces options, including traditional stainless braces, gold braces, and clear braces. Our SureSmile system outlines and creates the most effective treatment for you.

2. Effective

Braces have proven effective time and again with a variety of dental issues. Braces can repair overbites, underbites, crossbites, gapped or missing teeth, crowded teeth, or a combination of those issues. They can repair the most severe cases to produce a beautiful smile you'll be proud to show off! 

3. Versatile

Braces can handle a variety of orthodontic issues and more than one at a time. Metal and clear braces can also correct some of the more severe cases, from teeth that have erupted above the tooth line to deep overbites to severe gaps or teeth crowding.

4. Affordable

Traditional metal braces are often the most affordable method of orthodontic treatment. Today's braces cost less than clear aligners but deliver excellent results. Metal and clear braces can put that beautiful smile you've always wanted within reach!

Questions About Metal & Clear Braces

Costs can vary depending on treatment times and the severity of the case. Usually, more than one option exists related to your individual needs and desires.  We will provide the costs of treatment, check for and file for any orthodontic insurance you may have, and provide you with payment options to fit your budget.

Today's braces tend to cause less pain and irritation than the braces of the past in many ways, including:

  1. The brackets are smaller and smoother due to the edges being rounded with new and improved polishing techniques.
  2. The wires used initially are superelastic (same pressure on your teeth no matter how crooked they are) and programmed to apply a force that is just enough to move your teeth.

However, patients may feel some discomfort after installation and subsequent adjustments. Pressure is applied through the wire acting between the brackets attached to the teeth. The “ligament” that holds each tooth in your jaw becomes irritated, and that is why braces make your mouth sore sometimes. Usually, the discomfort only lasts for a few days.

The length of time for treatment with braces can vary depending on the severity of the case. Our patients spend an average of 15 months in braces as we utilize the powerful Suresmile system for treatment planning, smile design, wire design, and robotically bent wires for the ultimate precision and predictability.  The national average time for braces is 24 months, with the most extreme cases lasting longer. Treatment times are very individualized and are dependent on the scope of the needs and treatment protocols employed.

While wearing braces, it is recommended you avoid certain foods that could damage your braces. Most foods that are good for our general health can be eaten or modified even when wearing braces. Hard, sticky, and chewy foods, as a general rule, should be avoided. These include things such as hard candy, nuts, and hard or chewy snacks. Hard vegetables such as carrots or fruits such as apples can be sliced and eaten. Popcorn popped wholly can be eaten, and you can chew sugar-free gum.

Yes. At Woodhill Dental Specialties, we place a fixed retainer wire behind your upper and lower front teeth whenever possible and ask that you wear a removable retainer at night to keep your teeth from moving. Your teeth are constantly shifting throughout life, which is why it's so important to wear your retainer after treatment to maintain your new smile. Your first set of retainers are included as part of your treatment.

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Everything You Need To Know About Metal Braces

Metal braces aren't what they used to be. Today's braces are smaller and more efficient. Our self-ligating braces don't use elastics to tie the archwire, so there is less friction, less irritation, and fewer checkups for wire tightening. Self-ligating braces also reduce treatment time compared to traditional braces. 

We offer the traditional stainless steel "silver" braces. But if you prefer to "bling" it up, we offer gold braces as well. 

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Everything You Need To Know About Clear Braces

Clear braces are a great alternative for those who are self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces. Like our metal braces, our clear braces are self-ligating. Because they lack the elastics and are clear, the brackets are nearly invisible against the tooth. 

Treatment times and costs are the same for our clear braces and our metal ones, so the difference is mainly esthetic. 

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