Orthodontics is a great option to enhance your teeth and bring out the beautiful smile you want. If you want to increase your self-confidence through a healthy, beautiful, and straight smile, discover the orthodontic services offered by Contemporary Dentistry in Fairfax and Manassas, VA.
During the orthodontics procedure, the dentist applies brackets (bonded or removable) to your teeth to slowly move the teeth through constant and gentle force. Our braces and bracket options come in the following options:
- Ceramic (clear)
- Metal (gold or stainless steel)
- Plastic (clear aligners)
At Contemporary Dentistry, we want you to be comfortable throughout your orthodontic experience. We provide you with numerous orthodontic appliance options that are less noticeable but more effective so you can back to normal life even faster.
Treatment times will vary depending on which type of braces or orthodontic appliance you choose, what your age is, and what condition your teeth were in prior to the procedure. Most treatments fall between one to three years. Of course, a large part of determining the success and length of treatment time will depend on how diligent and involved in the process you, the patient, are.
We want every treatment to be efficient and timely, and we will work with our patients on an individualized and personal basis to make sure this happens. We strive to create a caring and comfortable environment so that each patient receives the quality care that has become synonymous with Contemporary Dentistry.
Explore the different braces and orthodontic appliance options we offer our patients by scrolling on below.
To set up an appointment for yourself or your child, call Contemporary Dentistry today at either (703) 323-4626 (Fairfax) or (703) 369-5442 (Manassas). We can schedule an initial consultation and answer any questions you may have. We have two conveniently located offices: one in Fairfax, VA, and one in Manassas, VA.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth by using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but they use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth rather than on lower teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, allowing you to eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, this helps to make brushing and flossing less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces. Like traditional metal braces, gold braces are made of stainless steel; however, they are coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. And, the cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.