If you’re looking for someone you can trust to provide a brilliant straight smile in the Tuscaloosa area, the team at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics is here. We proudly create beautiful new smiles for patients of all ages in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas. Traditional braces are one of the most effective tools we have for achieving optimal tooth and jaw alignment, and we’re proud to offer patients a variety of orthodontic options, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. Braces treatment with your local expert Our team will collect digital x-rays, photos, and a model of your mouth before we put your braces on. Our orthodontist, Dr. Glen Cowan, will then use this data to formulate a customized treatment plan based on your particular orthodontic needs. This will include information that will determine how your brackets are placed, such as the movements each tooth needs to make in order to achieve optimal positioning. Once the brackets have been attached, wire is inserted to provide customized pressure on all the teeth that need to be moved. Bends in the wire will encourage specific and precise movements of the teeth through a process called remodeling. This process involves minor changes in the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When your braces put pressure on a tooth, cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts form around its root. Together with the wire, this creates a negative pressure on one side of the tooth, where bone will be removed. The bone is reformed on the other side of the tooth. This pressure slowly moves teeth into the correct position. Remodeling can only occur if constant pressure is put on a tooth. This means that teeth will often begin drifting back towards their old positions over time once your braces are removed. The best way to help prevent this natural drifting and keep teeth in their new and improved positions is by using a retainer regularly. What your Tuscaloosa braces expert offers Did you know that today’s braces are better than ever? All of our treatment options are excellent and can correct a variety of simple and complex oral issues. Traditional metal braces often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, potentially shortening your overall treatment time, while also representing a cost-effective option for patients on a budget. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional braces are why they’ve withstood the test of time and are still the top orthodontic treatment. Metal Braces The most common type of braces is the tried-and-true traditional metal braces system. Constructed out of high-grade stainless steel, these braces work to straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and fun than ever - you have the option of choosing 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. Ceramic Braces Ceramic braces are another option for straightening your teeth, and they work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made with a clear ceramic material instead. They’re very popular with our older teen and adult patients because they are such a subtle treatment option. The brackets tend to be a bit larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, so we normally won’t recommend them for our younger patients. Ceramic braces tend to be used on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth. You can often see visible signs of improvement relatively quickly when using traditional braces, which can help increase your confidence in both your smile and the orthodontic process! Your trusted Tuscaloosa braces expert Dr. Glen Cowan and the rest of our skilled team focus on patients as individuals, no matter the age, personal concerns, or clinical needs because at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics, we believe that advanced, personalized care leads to the best results and most positive orthodontic experience. Your doctor will create a treatment plan that works with all parts of your life when you choose braces treatment with our practice. 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 your life! Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started!