Dr. Ross and our team take a personal approach to your orthodontic treatment, offering several types of braces in our Forest Lake, MN and Hudson, WI offices.
No matter what type of braces you choose, your treatment length will depend on your specific smile needs and goals. Most of our patients can expect to be in active orthodontic treatment for 16 to 24 months. Cases that are minor or purely cosmetic may take less time, while complicated structural and functional cases may require more. Dr. Ross will review the length of your treatment during your initial consultation.
Learn about Braces at Ross Orthodontics
Metal braces, one of the most common types of braces, have been used for many years. They produce consistent results and are strong and durable. Of course, the metal that makes them so strong also makes them the most noticeable type of braces. We try to make metal braces more fun by offering colored elastics to make your braces fit your personal style. If you choose traditional metal braces, you’ll need to visit our Forest Lake, MN or Hudson, WI orthodontic offices once every six to eight weeks so Dr. Ross can monitor your progress and replace your wires.
Clear braces are a happy medium between metal braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. The brackets are made of a translucent ceramic material, which makes them less noticeable than metal braces, but also makes them a little more brittle. Extra care during eating and home hygiene is necessary to ensure that the brackets do not break. If you choose clear braces, you’ll need to visit our Forest Lake, MN or Hudson, WI orthodontic offices once every six to eight weeks so Dr. Ross can monitor your progress and replace your wires.
Clear trays used to straighten teeth without the look of braces! Clear aligners are made from clear plastic and do not require the use of brackets or wires. They are also removable, so diet and hygiene are not affected. Dr. Ross uses Invisalign for clear aligner treatment at Ross Orthodontics.
Clear aligners are best for people who are diligent, organized, and responsible enough not to lose the trays, as they need to be worn 22 hours per day to be effective. If you choose clear aligners, you’ll only need to visit our Forest Lake, MN or Hudson, WI orthodontic offices once every eight to 12 weeks so Dr. Ross can monitor your progress and give you new sets of aligners.