Presque Isle, ME (Maine) Orthodontist Maurice J. Belden, DDS      

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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 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.

Gold Braces

Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in many ways. They are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely 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.

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 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.

"Invisible" Braces

Clear appliances (such as Invisalign®) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! 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.

Learn more about Invisalign at www.invisalign.com.

Lingual 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, and therefore the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.

Dr. Maurice J. Belden, Orthodontist | 176 Academy St. | Presque Isle, ME 04769 | 207.764.5393 | beldenbraces@drbelden.com

The orthodontic practice of Dr. Maurice Belden provides quality orthodontic care for adults and children in Presque Isle and Fort Kent, ME (Maine).  Dr. Belden is a certified Invisalign invisible clear braces provider.  Contact our practice to schedule an orthodontic consultation.

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Our two offices; Presque Isle and Fort Kent serve these communities and the following communities in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada: Maine: Mapleton, Castle Hill, Mars Hill, Wallagrass, Easton, Eagle Lake, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Caribou, New Sweden, Ashland, Van Buren, Bridgewater, Washburn, Monticello, Soldier Pond, Blaine, Monticello, Oakfield;  New Brunswick, Canada: Grand Falls, Clair, Perth-Andover, Edmundston, Woodstock, St. Leonard, Hartland, Centreville, Florenceville, Drummond, New Denmark, Bath, Bristol