Braces for adults and children in Cary, NC

At Stanley Dentistry, we use braces to correct “bad bites” or malocclusion, which are teeth that are crowded, rotated or crooked. Some patients may have straight teeth but jaw or tooth alignment problems that require orthodontic treatment. It’s very important to correct an abnormal bite and rotated teeth. If left untreated, these things can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and other problems down the road.

We’re proud to offer orthodontics along with a wide range of other services to our patients. No matter what dental problem you’re having, we can help. Receiving orthodontic braces at Stanley Dentistry means our team of highly-trained dental experts can track every facet of your dental health — from cleanings and cavities to braces and developmental appliances. You can rest easy knowing the dentist who’s putting on your braces knows your complete dental history.

The path to a straight smile may include:

  • Traditional braces
  • Invisalign
  • Self-Ligating braces
  • Ceramic or cosmetic braces
  • Functional appliances
  • or other options

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating (or speed braces) are very small and hard to notice. Unlike traditional braces, self-ligating braces have brackets that don’t require ligatures (the elastic or metal ties that hold the wire in place.) Instead, the brackets have a “trap-door” that helps the arch wire guide teeth into place. These brackets exert greater control as the size of the wire increases.There are many benefits to self-ligating braces over traditional braces:

  • Comfort: Because less pressure is placed on each tooth, they can be more comfortable.
  • Cleaning: Many patients find them easy to clean.
  • Fewer visits: No elastics to replace means fewer and quicker visits to the dentist.
  • Faster: Because no elastics are placed against the wire, the teeth can move faster.

Ceramic or Cosmetic Braces

Ceramic braces, also known as cosmetic braces, provide a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Many adults and teens choose ceramic braces since they “blend in” well with the teeth and are almost unnoticeable. Ceramic braces are very strong and do not stain. They are the perfect orthodontic option for patients who want traditional braces without the embarrassment of metal brackets. Ceramic braces can also have self-ligating brackets which are not only cosmetic but also faster.

Ceramic braces work in the same way as traditional braces do but are virtually invisible. Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces are made of composite materials that are placed on the front of your teeth and virtually disappear in your smile. Ceramic brackets are translucent, which allows them to blend with your teeth and look more natural. These braces use a clear ligature elastic and a thin metal wire to help the teeth move into the desired position.

Something you may want to think about when reviewing your orthodontic options is how often you drink coffee, tea, or wine. Some beverages can stain the clear brackets and bands if you don’t care for your braces properly. We can provide recommendations on how to keep your braces looking their best!

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What are the pros and cons of Invisalign?

The obvious benefit of Invisalign is aesthetics. A major reason adults ask for Invisalign is that they don’t like the appearance of traditional braces. Invisalign offers patients a nearly-invisible way to straighten their teeth — no metal required.Another pro of Invisalign is ease and comfort. While not pain-free, you can take out your Invisalign trays whenever you want. This, however, means that most Invisalign treatments take longer than traditional braces. Invisalign also will not work in severe cases of misalignment.

Is Invisalign better than braces?

Invisalign and braces basically do the same thing. They use constant pressure to gently push the teeth into alignment over an extended period of time. Braces use metal and ceramic to do this while Invisalign uses sturdy plastic.Invisalign is not necessarily better than braces since they can both typically accomplish the same task. In some cases, our doctors may recommend braces over Invisalign because of the severity of the case (if the teeth are too tightly packed, Invisalign won’t work). In other cases, they may recommend Invisalign because it’s easier on the patient.

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