Brady and Ford Orthodontics is your Wilmette braces expert
Traditional braces are one of the most effective tools we have for achieving optimal tooth and jaw alignment, and we’re proud to offer patients a variety of orthodontic options, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. The team at Brady and Ford Orthodontics is here for you If you’re looking for someone you can trust to provide a brilliant straight smile in the Wilmette area. We proudly create beautiful new smiles for patients of all ages in Winnetka and the surrounding communities.
Braces treatment with your Wilmette braces expert
Our team will collect digital x-rays, photos, and a model of your mouth before we put your braces on. Our orthodontist, Dr. Patrick Brady, will then use this data to formulate a customized treatment plan based on your particular orthodontic needs. This will include information that will determine how your brackets are placed, such as the movements each tooth needs to make in order to get in there best position.
Once the brackets have been attached, the wire is inserted to provide customized pressure on all the teeth that need to be moved. Through a process called remodeling, bends in the wire will encourage specific and precise movements of the teeth. This process involves minor changes in the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When your braces put pressure on a tooth, cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts form around its root. Together with the wire, this creates a negative pressure on one side of the tooth, where the bone will be removed. The bone is reformed on the other side of the tooth. This pressure and bone remodeling slowly move teeth into the correct position.
Teeth will often begin drifting back towards their old positions over time once your braces are removed because remodeling can only occur if constant pressure is put on a tooth. The best way to prevent this natural drifting and keep teeth in their new and improved positions is by using a retainer regularly.
What your Wilmette braces expert offers
Did you know that today’s braces are better than ever? All of our treatment options are excellent and can correct a variety of oral issues, from simple to complex. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional braces are a big part of why they’ve withstood the test of time and are still the top orthodontic treatment year after year. Traditional metal braces often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, potentially shortening your overall treatment time, while also representing a cost-effective option for patients on a budget.
The most common type of braces is the tried-and-true traditional metal braces system. These braces work to straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires that are constructed out of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and fun than ever - you have the option of choosing colored elastics to add a punch of personality to your treatment! If you prefer a more subtle approach, we also offer clear or tooth-colored elastics.
Ceramic braces work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made with a clear ceramic material instead. Ceramic braces tend to be used on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth. They’re very popular with our older teen and adult patients because they are such a discrete treatment option. The brackets tend to be a bit larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, so we normally won’t recommend them for our younger patients.
You can often see visible signs of improvement quickly when using traditional braces, which can help increase your confidence in both your smile and the orthodontic process!
Your trusted Wilmette braces expert
Using our leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology, we will provide efficient, comfortable care that will help you change both your smile and your life! At Brady and Ford Orthodontics, we believe that advanced, personalized care leads to the best results and most positive orthodontic experience. Dr. Patrick Brady and the rest of our skilled team focus on patients as individuals, no matter the age, personal concerns, or clinical needs. Your doctor will create a treatment plan that works with all parts of your life when you choose braces treatment with our practice.
Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started!