Our Many Types of Braces in Tucson

Whether you’re contemplating different types of braces for yourself or your child, our practice is the place for you. At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic solutions for children, teens, and adults. Our team, led by Dr. Marisela Bedoya, looks forward to meeting you and learning how we can help you achieve the straight and beautiful smile of your dreams.

We’ve been a trusted source of braces for Tucson, Vail, and Sahuarita residents since 2009. You can depend on our office for everything from traditional metal braces to discreet Invisalign® clear aligners. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment with our friendly staff!

Which Type of Braces Is Right for Me?

When you visit us for your initial appointment, Dr. Bedoya will begin by conducting a thorough oral exam. We’ll use technology like x-rays to determine the extent of your dental misalignment. We’ll sit down with you and outline the types of braces our Tucson dental practice has available. Our team will answer your questions and break down step-by-step what you can expect during treatment.

Some of the types of braces we offer include:

  1. Metal Braces: Traditional metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel, are one of the most common type of orthodontic treatment. They consist of brackets, wires, and elastic bands that are temporarily placed on the surface of your teeth. Metal braces move your teeth in small increments over time to create significant changes to your smile. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable than ever. Additionally, if your teen requires metal braces, we can change the color of their elastic bands during each adjustment visit to help treatment feel more personalized and fun.
  2. Clear Braces: These braces are made of a clear, ceramic material. Though they tend to be a bit more fragile, these tend to be very popular with adult patients who are looking for a more discreet alternative to metal braces. Instead of metal, your brackets will be made of porcelain, and your elastic bands will be clear. We’ll replace your elastic bands during each adjustment appointment as they can yellow over time.
  3. Gold Braces: If you’d like to highlight your braces and create a unique appearance, we’re proud to offer gold braces. Gold braces are made of stainless steel and then coated with 24-karat gold for a distinct appearance and dependable durability. These are an ideal option if you’d like to glam up your style. We recommend caring for your gold braces as you would traditional braces, including regular brushing, careful flossing, and eliminating sticky foods from your diet.
  4. Fun Braces with WildSmiles®: If your child is looking for a fun and expressive way to straighten their smile, we offer WildSmiles braces. Made with the same material as metal braces, WildSmiles allows you to customize your brackets into a variety of fun shapes, including stars, hearts, flowers, and more. Your child will be able to customize their braces experience to fit their unique personality, helping them feel more actively engaged in their treatment. Additionally, every shape can have its own unique elastic color for a vibrant and fun smile.
  5. Invisalign & Invisalign Teen: Invisalign and Invisalign teen are excellent ways to discreetly address mild to moderate dental misalignment. The Invisalign system is a series of clear aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. These removable trays gradually move the teeth into the desired location, no metal or wires involved! Invisalign is available to teens and adult patients based on their orthodontic needs. Invisalign is ideal for patients who don’t want to draw attention to their smiles in public settings like work or school. Our dentist will help you evaluate your smile and determine whether Invisalign is the right choice for you!
  6. Lingual Braces: Lingual braces provide another option for adults concerned about the aesthetic nature of their braces. Attaching to the tongue side of the teeth, lingual braces are custom-fit for your teeth and treatment plan. These braces offer similar benefits to traditional braces in that they can be used to address moderate to severe dental misalignment issues.

Types of Braces FAQs

It’s normal to have several questions about our orthodontic options. Our team will help you determine which option suits your unique needs. Some frequently asked questions about our types of braces in Tucson include:

How do I know if I need braces?

It depends entirely on the type of braces. Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 6-30 months. Depending on your type of braces and specific misalignment issues, we’ll outline how long you can expect treatment to last during your consultation appointment.

Do braces hurt?

It’s normal to feel slight soreness immediately following an adjustment visit, which will subside over time. You’ll want to eat soft foods for the first day or so after an adjustment, and the soreness should be gone within 2-3 days. You can also use over-the-counter pain relievers to help you feel more comfortable.

Do I have to brush my teeth more often with braces?

Yes, our practice does recommend flossing more than you would if you didn’t have braces. This is because food and debris can become stuck between your brackets and wires. If you’re using clear aligners, you’ll want to brush after eating to avoid food getting trapped in the aligners, which could cause them to become discolored or odorous.

Get the Quality Braces in Tucson You Need

At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we’re passionate about helping straighten the smiles of children, teens, and adults. Dr. Marisela and her team in Tucson are proud to customize our orthodontic treatments to fit your unique needs. We offer everything from gold braces to lingual braces to fit your comfort level. Call us today to schedule your next appointment and determine which Tucson braces option fits you!