Lowell 219-552-8365 194 Deanna Drive Lowell, Indiana 46356
St. John 219-440-6512 Wicker Professional Center 8626 Wicker Avenue St. John, Indiana 46373
Michigan City 219-809-6584 Woodland North 1401 Woodland Avenue Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Portage 219-841-7795 3110 Willowcreek Road Portage, Indiana 46368
Munster 219-961-3085 Plaza del Prado 9335 Calumet Avenue Munster, Indiana 46321
Valparaiso 219-263-0719 Chandana Point 1610 Pointe Drive Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

These Aren’t the Kind of Braces You Were Expecting

When you think of someone getting braces, you probably imagine a person with a mouth full of metal brackets and wires that fill their entire smile. This is not something that anyone, especially a child, is going to look forward to. Do you think they would mind the braces less if they knew that the brackets were less noticeable to their friends, the wire was more comfortable, and that they wouldn’t have as much of an effect on their smile as brace from the past did?

Orthodontic Affiliates wanted to find a way to make braces more attractive to our patients while still improving the effectiveness of the treatment. We were able to do just that through the new, modern design of the braces in Indiana we use. These are not the braces that you were expecting.

What Are Braces?

Braces are the tried and true way of adjusting the position of your teeth. They have been around for a very long time and have only gotten more effective with time and research. They are made up of brackets that are bonded to your teeth and a wire that is attached to the brackets. The tension that the wire provides is what causes your teeth to shift into proper alignment.

Braces From Orthodontic Affiliates

For years, Indiana Orthodontist Dr. Schmidt used the same kind of braces that every other orthodontist used. The brackets were large and bulky. The wire was uncomfortable, and the setup may have required you to wear headgear. Literally, it was every kid’s nightmare to get braces. The braces that we use today are light years ahead of what we once had. Headgear is a thing of the past, as are the large metal wires and brackets.

The braces in Indiana that your Indiana Orthodontist dynamic duo Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt use today are much smaller than their predecessors. The new brackets are smaller, which makes them less noticeable. This also makes them more comfortable and gives them a low-profile presence in your smile. These advancements also make them much easier for our doctors to place.

Another big reason that braces in Indiana from Orthodontic Affiliates are a better choice when compared to traditional braces is the type of wire we use. Nickel titanium has been used for a while in the beginning stages of treatment. This is the same material that NASA used in their satellites. Copper has been added to the nickel titanium to create a new type of material, years ahead of anything else in the field of orthodontics. Thermal NiTi wire, or shape memory wire, is easily bent to allow for easier installation. But when the wire warms up inside your mouth, it returns to its original shape. This is when it begins to move your teeth into alignment. This wire may stay applied for up to two months before needing to be replaced. This means less time in the office and more time to do what you want to do.

At each visit, your child will also be able to change the color of the bands that connect the wire to the brackets. This gives them a chance to make their dental brace their own. They can express themselves with a large number of different colors we have available to choose from or to mix and match!

Indiana Orthodontist dynamic duo Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt wanted to find a better way of doing a traditional brace, and with the help of modern science, they have. Call our office today to schedule a consultation. You can also use our online form to leave us a message, and a member of our staff will be in touch soon.

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