Cowan Orthodontics is your Moundville braces expert Traditional braces are one of the most effective tools we have for achieving optimal tooth and jaw alignment. If you’re looking for someone you can trust to provide a brilliant straight smile in the Moundville area, the team at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics is here for you. We proudly create beautiful new smiles for patients of all ages in Moundville and the surrounding communities. We’re proud to offer patients a variety of orthodontic options, such as traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. Braces treatment with your Moundville braces expert Our team will collect digital X-rays, photos, and a model of your mouth before putting your braces on. This will give Dr. Cowan information about how each tooth needs to make to provide you with the best-looking smile. She will use this information to design a customized treatment plan based on your specific orthodontic needs. The treatment plan designed for you will determine how Dr. Cowan places your brackets. We insert the wire to provide customized pressure on all the teeth that need to be moved. Bends in the wire encourage precise movements. We call this process remodeling, and it involves minor changes in the bone surrounding the roots of your teeth. When your braces put pressure on a tooth, cells called osteoblasts, and osteoclasts form around its root. Together with the wire, this creates negative pressure on one side of the tooth where the bone will be removed. On the other side of the tooth, the bone reforms. This pressure and bone remodeling slowly move teeth into the correct position. Remodeling requires constant pressure on a tooth, so your teeth will usually drift back towards their original positions over time once we remove your braces. Regular use of a retainer will help prevent this natural drifting and keep teeth in their improved positions! What your Moundville braces expert offers Every treatment option we offer can correct many different complex and simple oral problems. Options include modern braces, which are better than ever. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional braces are a big part of why they’ve withstood the test of time and are still the top orthodontic treatment year after year. Traditional metal braces often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments, which can shorten your overall treatment time, and be a cost-effective option for patients on a budget. Ceramic Braces Ceramic braces work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made with a clear ceramic material instead. They’re popular with our older teen and adult patients because they are such a subtle treatment option. Ceramic braces are used on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth. Since the brackets are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, we rarely recommend them for our younger patients. Metal Braces The most common type of braces is the long-used traditional metal braces system. Customarily constructed with high-grade stainless steel, these braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and more fun than ever - you can choose colored elastics to add a punch of personality to your treatment! But don’t worry if you prefer a more subtle approach. We also offer clear or tooth-colored elastics. You see signs of improvement quickly when using traditional braces, so you’ll be confident in your smile and the orthodontic process! Your trusted Moundville braces expert When you choose braces treatment with our practice, Dr. Cowan will create a treatment plan that fits your life perfectly. Using our leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology, we will provide efficient, comfortable care that will help you change your smile and life! At Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we believe that advanced, personalized care leads to the best results and most positive orthodontic experience. Dr. Cowan and the rest of our skilled team see you as unique, no matter the age, personal concerns, or clinical needs. Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started!