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Types of Braces in Philadelphia, PA

With offices in Chalfont, Doylestown, and Harleysville, Sam Kadan Orthodontics offers many types of braces for children, teenagers and adults. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan specializes in orthodontic treatments that improve your smile and oral health.

Types of Braces — Traditional, Ceramic, Invisible, and Lingual

At Sam Kadan Orthodontics, we specialize in five types of braces:

  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Ceramic Braces
  • Invisible/Clear Braces (Invisalign®)
  • Incognito™ Lingual Hidden Braces
  • Herbst Appliance

The following information provides a brief overview of each type of braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces that are used for orthodontic treatments. As patient comfort has become a more recognized barrier for seeking orthodontic treatment, the design of traditional metal braces has evolved. Today’s metal braces are much more comfortable than those that were used in the past.

  • Advantages — The bands that are used for metal braces come in a variety of colors so that our patients can have braces that reflect their personal style.
  • Disadvantages — Traditional metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces.

Ceramic Braces

When compared to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces offer our patients a less noticeable option for orthodontic treatment. The braces are made of a special material that Dr. Kadan tints to match your natural tooth color. Ceramic braces do require larger brackets than traditional metal braces, and the ceramic material is easier to damage than the metal used in traditional braces. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Kadan recommends ceramic braces for adult patients only, and the ceramic components are only used on the front teeth.

  • Advantages — Ceramic braces are beneficial because they are less noticeable and shorten the amount of time that you have to wear braces.
  • Disadvantages — When compared to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are more expensive. The ceramic material requires special care to avoid staining.

Invisible/Clear Braces (Invisalign®)

Dr. Kadan recommends Invisalign® braces for teenagers and adults who want the least noticeable type of braces. The system uses clear aligners that are invisible to most people. The aligners are very comfortable because they are manufactured from scans that are made with the iTero® Element™ system, advanced technology that provides our patients with improved comfort, higher accuracy, and faster results when compared to molds of the teeth.

  • Advantages — Invisalign® aligners offer several advantages when compared to other types of braces, such as being invisible, removable and comfortable. You also need fewer follow-up visits to see Dr. Kadan because the system uses a series of aligners instead of adjustments by Dr. Kadan.
  • Disadvantages — The Invisalign® system is not effective for treating more serious or advanced orthodontic problems. The aligners are more expensive than other types of braces, and you may misplace or break the aligners. Treatment time may also be longer with invisible/clear braces.

Lingual (Incognito™ or Hidden Braces)

Incognito™ lingual braces are attached to the backside of your teeth, so these hidden braces offer patients the best option for concealing their orthodontic braces. The placement on the back of the teeth also means less mouth irritation, and patients find that speaking with hidden braces is easier than other types of braces.

Dr. Kadan recommends Incognito™ lingual braces for children, teenagers and adults. The position of hidden braces on the teeth gives athletes an excellent option that reduces the likelihood of mouth injuries.

  • Advantages — Hidden braces combine the invisibility of clear aligner braces with the effectiveness of traditional metal braces.
  • Disadvantages — When compared to other types of braces, Incognito™ braces take the longest adjustment period after Dr. Kadan applies them to your teeth. Hidden braces are harder to clean, more expensive and require longer follow-up appointments for adjustments. Incognito™ braces are not appropriate for patients with more advanced or serious orthodontic issues.

Herbst Appliance

If your child has an overbite that needs to be corrected by supporting forward-oriented jaw development, Dr. Kadan may recommend the Herbst appliance in conjunction with braces. The device is comprised of metal caps that fit over your child’s molars and a hinged metal tube that connects the upper and lower jaw. The Herbst appliance is often preferred over headgear to provide a more effective treatment protocol and ease of use for your child.

  • Advantages — The Herbst appliance is more discreet and effective than headgear.
  • Disadvantages — The Herbst appliance requires about one week for your child to get used to wearing the appliance, and your child may have trouble speaking and eating. The muscles in the mouth may be sore. The expander in the top of the mouth has to be rotated each day for two to three weeks.

How Much Do Braces Cost in Bucks County and Philadelphia?

The cost of your orthodontic treatment depends on the type of braces that you choose, as well as the extent of correction that is needed. During your consultation, Dr. Kadan discusses the different types of braces that will work for you. After your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a cost before you decide to proceed with treatment.

Payment can be made by:

  • Cash, personal check and credit card
  • Financing through CareCredit®
  • In-house financing options

We are an in-network provider for many of today’s top dental insurance companies. Using an orthodontist that is in your dental care network benefits you by:

  • Providing lower out-of-pocket expenses
  • Saving you time and money by completing and filing all necessary claim forms at no extra charge to you
  • Accepting the payment we negotiate with the insurance company as payment in full
  • Never sending you a bill for the charges that are above the negotiated rate, known as balance billing
  • Expecting you to only pay your applicable co-payment, deductible and co-insurance according to the terms of your policy
  • Letting you pay only for your portion rather than expecting you to pay the full cost and get reimbursed by the insurance company

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Dr. Kadan uses the consultation as the time to take X-rays and perform an evaluation of your teeth, jaw alignment, oral health and bite alignment. Based on the findings of the evaluation, he will recommend a treatment plan. He uses his professional expertise to determine what types of braces are right for your treatment.

Why Choose Sam Kadan Orthodontics

Dr. Kadan is a board-certified orthodontist, and only one in three orthodontists pursue board certification by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in orthodontic care, as well as continuing education. Dr. Kadan’s exceptional patient care has earned him a position on Philadelphia Magazine’s list of Top Dentists for 2016, winner of the 2016 Happening List and 2015 designation as an Invisalign® Elite Provider. He completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Rochester, and he currently holds a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to help develop the skills and expertise of future orthodontists.

Dr. Kadan has designed his facility to reflect his approach to patient care, and we look forward to giving you a tour as part of your consultation and introduction to our practice.

Sam Kadan Orthodontics offers several types of braces to fit both your personal style and orthodontic needs. If you live in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area and want to learn about which types of braces will work for you, contact us to schedule a consultation with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan at his office in Chalfont, Doylestown or Harleysville.

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