Orthodontist, Dr. Greenberg, specializes in orthodontics, a dental specialty that uses dental braces to treat irregularities of the teeth (bite – malocclusion) and face.
Dental braces are used to align, straighten, and position teeth with regard to the patient's bite. While often used for aesthetic purposes, braces are greatly beneficial for structural problems, as well. Patients with problems eating or speaking properly can experience life-changing benefits from getting braces. When used with other dental appliances, braces can help widen the palate or jaws and assist with shaping the teeth and jaws.
Dr Greenberg from RxSmile Orthodontics in Frisco, Texas provides an orthodontics (braces) terminology list to assist you in understanding the different aspects of orthodontic care and appliances.
Orthodontics – Dental Braces are recommended to correct:
Underbite – Mandibular prognathism
Overjet – Upper protrusion
Crowding of teeth
Spacing of teeth
RxSmile offers a wide variety of braces from which to choose.
The type of braces you get will depend on several factors:
- The extent of treatment necessary (severity of problem)
- Length of time you will wear braces
- Cost that you are comfortable with
- Your personal preference
- Orthodontist recommendation based on technical expertise
Dr. Greenberg will guide you in making a choice that will be the most beneficial to your dental health, while creating the optimal result. Whether you decide on traditional braces or one of the newer, innovative systems RxSmile offers, our team is committed to providing you with high-quality, professional, and personal orthodontic care.
RxSmile Orthodontics offers four varieties of dental braces:
- Self-ligating dental braces (Damon® Braces) Newest Technology and the Fastest Results
- Clear dental aligners (Invisalign® Removable Braces)
- Clear (ceramic) dental braces
- Traditional metal dental braces
Invisalign® Removable Braces, manufactured by Align Technologies, consist of transparent, incremental aligners which gradually adjust teeth to their desired position. A mold of the patient's teeth is taken and scanned to create a computerized model. This model uses the orthodontist's treatment plan to create stages between the current teeth position and the desired position. Several molds are then used to customize individual aligners that are numbered and worn for two weeks each, 20 hours per day. The aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing teeth, as well as eating.
Advantages of Invisalign® Removable Braces include:
- Virtually invisible
- Easy to clean
- Well-established treatment time (each tray worn for 2 weeks)
- Computer simulation shows teeth progression and outcome
Disadvantages of Invisalign® Removable Braces are:
- Not suitable for severe dental problems
- Higher cost than traditional braces
- Six week wait time for aligners to arrive from factory
- In some cases, traditional braces are still needed for a few months after treatment
Clear (Ceramic) Dental Braces
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that they use brackets to straighten the teeth. Rather than metal, these brackets consist of tooth-colored ceramic that blends in with your teeth making your braces far less noticeable. The rubber bands (ligatures) used to hold the archwires are usually white or clear. Many older teens and adults prefer ceramic braces because they are visually less prominent. Made of composite materials, ceramic braces typically aren't as strong as metal braces. Adjustments may need to be made more slowly in order to ensure that the brackets stay in tact, therefore treatment time can be longer. Ceramic braces are usually more expensive, so some patients opt to use them on only the most visible teeth, while using metal braces on the remaining teeth that need straightening. This allows the patient to enjoy the benefit of the less visible ceramic braces and the durability and lower cost of the traditional braces.
Advantages of ceramic braces include:
- Less noticeable than metal braces
- Many patients feel they experience less gum irritation than with metal braces
- Less expensive than other low visibility braces
- One office visit per month
Disadvantages of ceramic braces are:
- More expensive than traditional braces
- Clear/white ligatures are susceptible to stains (although, these are changed monthly)
- Treatment may take longer
- In severe cases, may not be suited to withstand treatment
Self-ligating Dental Braces (Damon® Braces)
Damon® Braces use a fixed, passive, self-ligating method to straighten teeth, eliminating the need for elastic or metal ties. Damon® Braces use a permanent, moveable slide component to hold the archwire, allowing the teeth to move freely, quickly, and comfortably. With the innovative Damon®system, fewer adjustments are required and typically, the teeth move faster than traditional methods. Light, high-technology shape- memory titanium wires gently guide teeth into the desired position. Because of the low-force, low-friction nature of the system, very little discomfort is experienced. Damon® Braces are available in clear brackets for those concerned with the aesthetics of braces.
Advantages of Damon® Braces include:
- Shorter treatment time
- Fewer office visits
- Comfort (no tightening)
- Durable (made of high-grade stainless steel)
- No elastic ties
- Easy to clean
- Available in clear brackets for less visibility
Damon® Braces have very few disadvantages.
- They generally cost slightly more than traditional braces, so that can be a barrier for some patients.
Traditional Metal Dental Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are made of high-grade stainless steel, making them very strong and able to withstand most treatments. These traditional braces use small metal brackets (glued to each tooth) and archwires to straighten the teeth. Elastic O-shaped rubber bands (ligatures) are used to hold the archwires into the brackets. Over time (generally 18 to 24 months), the wires exert slow, but deliberate, pressure on the teeth to move them into the desired position. Periodically, these wires are tightened to continue the progression of movement. A wide variety of colored bands are available so that you can personalize your smile while you wear your braces.
Advantages of traditional metal dental braces include:
- Most cost efficient
- Extremely durable
- Shorter treatment time than some of the more cosmetic braces
- Colorful elastic band choices
Disadvantages of traditional metal dental braces are:
- More noticeable than other options
- Discomfort (usually only for the first couple of weeks)
Our goal at the RxSmile Frisco orthodontics office with Dr Greg Greenberg is to provide highly personalized and comprehensive orthodontic care for our families in the Frisco-Plano metropolitan area. If you have questions about braces and would like to make an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Greg Greenberg, please call 972 335 1300 Monday through Thursday, or submit an online appointment request and we will respond within one business day.