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Braces Specialist

Pendleton Orthodontics

Ryan Pendleton, DDS

Orthodontics located in Leander, TX

Braces can give you a well-aligned smile and bite in around two years or less. At Pendleton Orthodontics in Leander, Texas, orthodontist Ryan Pendleton, DDS, and his team use braces to treat malocclusion cases ranging from simple to complex. Find out more about individual bracket types and the entire treatment process by scheduling a consultation over the phone or online today.

Braces Q&A

What are braces?

Braces are the conventional option for orthodontic treatment. Despite being an older approach, Pendleton Orthodontics continues to offer traditional braces because they’re highly effective in treating simple, moderate, and even complex cases of malocclusion or misalignment. After careful treatment planning, braces can treat:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowding
  • Wide gaps

If your orthodontic treatment plan involves braces, Dr. Pendleton attaches brackets to your teeth using a strong and safe bonding cement. The brackets are designed to support archwires, which Dr. Pendleton attaches to  them and adjusts regularly over the course of your treatment. 

Braces may also include metal bands and elastic bands to place more pressure on teeth and guide them into their final positions. Whenever Dr. Pendleton tightens your wires and bands, you’ll feel some pressure for a day or two as you get used to the adjustments. 

What are my customization options for braces?

Today, there are many more available options for braces than there were years ago. These options let you customize your treatment according to your preferred styles and course of treatment. At Pendleton Orthodontics, you can get:

Ceramic brackets

Ceramic brackets match the natural shade of your teeth much more closely than any metal option. They’re a little more discreet, and Dr. Pendleton can teach you to care for them so they don’t stain during treatment. 

Gold brackets

Gold or “champagne” colored brackets may be more aesthetically pleasing to you than silver metal options. They provide comparable sturdiness and support to metal brackets. They also have a unique “Chameleon-like” property that causes them to change color depending on the elastic colors you choose to use with them.

Metal brackets

Metal brackets are smaller than ceramic brackets and are very durable. Typically, they’re made of high-quality nickel-free stainless steel. 

Self-ligating brackets

Self-ligating brackets are available in metal or ceramic materials. They have clips on the brackets instead of elastic ties to hold the wire in place. They’re easier for Dr. Pendleton to adjust, so you can enjoy slightly shorter appointments. 

What are the advantages of braces?

You have multiple options when it comes to orthodontic care. Dr. Pendleton and his team help you weigh the pros and cons of each treatment during your planning consultation. While weighing your options, consider these advantages that braces can offer:

  • You won’t lose a removable device because braces are fixed to the teeth
  • Braces allow for small, real-time adjustments
  • You don’t have to worry about keeping track of the time you wear or don’t wear them
  • Regular visits (every 6-8 weeks on average) allow you to ask lots of questions for more clarity about your treatment

Dr. Pendleton and his team at Pendleton Orthodontics teach you brushing techniques that will help you keep your braces and teeth clean and clear of food buildup. While the treatment requires a few dietary restrictions, they’re easy to follow and you’ll get the hang of avoiding sticky and hard foods very quickly. 

Discover more about braces and what they can treat by calling Pendleton Orthodontics for an appointment or booking a consultation online today.