There are a number of different types of braces offered at our Park Cities, East and North Dallas orthodontic offices, so each patient is sure to find the ideal orthodontic solution to suit their unique needs. Metal braces may be a good fit for some patients, such as kids and teens, while individuals interested in adult orthodontics may prefer ceramic braces or lingual braces, which are a bit more discreet. We invite you to read on to learn about the different types of braces we provide. To find out which type of braces will best help you reach your orthodontic goals, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Ragan.
- Traditional Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Lingual Braces
With traditional braces, the brackets are made from very strong metal and are highly durable. We use the Meistro System. Traditional metal braces are often a good solution for kids and teens, who often view getting braces as a sort of rite of passage and have fewer aesthetic concerns because many of their friends also wear metal braces. Traditional metal braces are usually the most cost-effective type of braces we offer to our East and North Dallas patients.
Using the most up to date manufacturing called MIM (Metal Injection Molding), Meistro incorporates time tested design with the most up to date materials made in the USA. This process provides the smallest, smoothest, yet strong brace design. The braces follow the shape and size of the tooth for the most comfortable braces for patients. This makes the brace easy to clean and use while their teeth are moving. With the use of colors to make the time in braces fun and aways changing, Meistro is our choice for our patients especially in early treatment.
Fast Acting Self Ligating Braces
Self Ligating braces are different from traditional braces in that they do not require elastic or steel ties to hold the wire in place. These braces feature a door that opens and closes to allow the wire to be inserted and removed easily. This door decreases the amount of pressure and friction on the archwire. This lighter force causes teeth to move faster with less discomfort. In most cases, it also leads to faster treatment and fewer visits. We use these braces to reduce the use of expanders and permanent tooth extractions. Dr. Ragan can help patients select the right self-ligating brace, for there dental situation.
Ceramic Braces (Clear Braces)
For patients who want to straighten their smiles but aren’t keen on the appearance of traditional metal braces, ceramic braces may be a good fit. Dr. Ragan is also proud to feature NeoLucent Plus ™ ceramic brackets, which are totally translucent. These clear brackets blend with the color of a patient’s natural teeth and are stain-resistant, so patients don’t need to worry about discoloration which may affect other clear braces options. It is important to note that most ceramic braces are more brittle and less resilient than metal braces, so they may not be right for some of our more active patients and athletes. If you and Dr. Ragan decide that ceramic braces are the best option for you, Dr. Ragan may suggest that you get fitted for a sports mouth guard to help protect your braces and your teeth.
Unlike traditional metal and ceramic braces, lingual braces are affixed to the inner surfaces of the patient’s teeth so they are the best solution for our patients who are especially concerned about the way their orthodontic treatment affects their appearance. Not every orthodontist has the specialized training necessary to properly fit patients with lingual braces, but Dr. Ragan has participated in extensive continuing education and has trained hundreds of orthodontist throughout the US in a multitude of lingual systems. Dr. Ragan is eager to help improve the smiles of those in Park Cities, East, and North Dallas through this discreet type of braces.
Carriere Motion Appliance
Many parents remember wearing headgear to fix their bites and Dr. Ragan wore one as well. Once he finished his training he started looking for an alternative to this not so fun yet functional appliance. After years of trying appliances like the Herbst and others, Dr. Ragan found what he was looking for in the Carriere Motion appliance. The Motion is small, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. It is bonded to your teeth just like braces. Easy to clean, less discomfort and less time in braces makes it the bite corrector of choice. The Motion can be used for both overbites and underbites. A simple set of rubber bands and the motion will fix the bite in the shortest period of time possible.
Learn More about Types of Braces we Offer
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile and would like to learn more about the types of braces available to our patients in Park Cities, East and North Dallas, we encourage you to contact us to schedule your personal orthodontic consultation with Dr. Ragan. During this meeting, Dr. Ragan will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your specific goals and needs to determine which type of braces will be best for your unique situation.