Types of Braces Available to our Destin, Panama City Beach, Fort Walton Beach, and Freeport Patients
There are a number of different types of braces offered at our Destin and Panama City Beach 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. Runnels.
With traditional braces, the brackets are made from very strong metal and are highly durable. 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 Destin, Panama City Beach, Fort Walton Beach, and Freeport patients.
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. Ceramic braces come in a variety of shades so Dr. Runnels can help patients select the shade that most closely matches their natural teeth. Dr. Runnels is also proud to feature Clarity™ ceramic brackets, which are totally translucent. Clarity™ 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. If you and Dr. Runnels decide that ceramic braces are the best option for you, Dr. Runnels 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. Runnels has participated in extensive continuing education so that he is able to help our Destin and Panama City Beach patients straighten their smiles using this most discreet type of braces.
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 Destin and Panama City Beach, we encourage you to contact us to schedule your personal orthodontic consultation with Dr. Runnels. During this meeting, Dr. Runnels 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. For the ultimate smile transformation, you may also consider completing your orthodontic treatment with teeth whitening, laser gum sculpting, or other cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Runnels.
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