Foley Wilde Orthodontics is an award-winning team of orthodontic experts in London, Ontario providing braces and orthodontic treatments to both teens and adults. We are proud to offer our patients the highest quality of care leading to beautiful and lasting smiles. Whether it be traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces, clear ceramic braces or clear aligners, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will make your experience with braces as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
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 using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics for a more unique and colourful smile.
Self-ligating braces are made similarly to traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, which means fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal or clear ceramic brackets. They are the same size as metal braces but 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 also called Clarity™ are made of clear ceramic 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 may have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear aligners also called Invisalign® are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
For more information about braces and orthodontic treatments, contact the team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics today.