LightForce braces are a new and exciting development in orthodontic care. We offer LightForce braces, as well as the traditional metal brackets. So what’s the difference between these two options- and is one better than the other? Here’s what patents need to know about LightForce braces vs. metal braces.
What are LightForce Braces?
LightForce braces use 3D printing and advanced software to customize a patient’s brackets. Instead of using impressions or plaster molds, orthodontists fit a patient’s braces using these digital tools. This means that the brackets are personally tailored to the size, shape, and alignment of a patient’s teeth.
How are they Different?
LightForce braces work in the same way as the traditional brackets do. Just like regular braces, they use wires to move the position of the teeth over time. The differences lie in the brackets themselves. Because they are custom-made, they offer a more comfortable experience and a more subtle fit. Plus, the custom technology can also lead to shorter treatment times.
Lightforce Braces Vs. Metal Braces
Both types of braces start with a thorough consultation. During this appointment, your orthodontist will examine your teeth, outline your treatment plan, and answer your questions. The braces will then be fitted. While traditional metal braces are fitted using molds and plaster impressions, LightForce braces are fitted using digital scans of the mouth. These scans will be used to make custom braces pieces.
Of course, LightForce braces tend to be smaller and more comfortable. However, they are also a more expensive option. For some patients, the extra cost simply isn’t worth it. But for others, a quicker, more comfortable treatment is well worth the extra cost. At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of personal preference. Both options provide great results.
Your Orthodontist Can Help
Of course, all patients are different. If you’re trying to choose between LightForce braces vs. metal braces, then it’s best to see your orthodontist. They will examine your unique smile and help you choose the best product for your needs. Ready to learn more? Click the link above to request a visit with Dr. Bar.