Traditional Braces



Modern Braces Are Designed to Work Faster


If you are looking for braces near you in Santa Barbara or Buellton,  Dr. Wright and Dr. Feusier are sure to be one of the best decisions you can make for your teeth. You might have a friend who is wearing Invisalign aligners, and you might assume that this type of orthodontic treatment is appropriate for you.  However, many orthodontic patients have moderate to severe misalignments of their teeth that require treatment with braces instead of aligners. While you might feel disappointed that braces are the best treatment choice for your teeth, the good news is that modern braces work faster, and are much more esthetic than those used by orthodontists in the past.  If you don’t want them to be seen, choose our clear, ceramic braces that are nearly as invisible as Invisalign!

traditional steel braces

Braces Can Improve Other Health Problems


One of the major benefits of braces is that in addition to giving you a beautiful smile, braces can help eliminate or reduce other problems that are caused by dental misalignments.  Spaces or overlapping teeth will often lead to uneven wear of, or difficulty in cleaning the teeth and gums, sometimes even leading to loss of teeth or the need for major dental work.  Bite problems, which can be corrected by braces, can lead to migraine headaches, bruxism or even respiratory difficulties. With advances in modern braces, a bad bite or other teeth alignment problem can be fixed faster than ever before.


Young Children Should Wear Braces Instead of Aligners

Alternatively, children cannot wear Invisalign aligners because they generally do not have all their permanent teeth in, and there is too much temptation to remove the aligners, slowing the process of tooth movement. Children’s mouths also change rapidly, and the molds that an orthodontist creates may not fit correctly in only a few weeks. Because of these reasons, many of the patients who visit an orthodontist will require some type of braces rather than aligners to repair their malocclusions. However, there is no need to worry about having a mouth that is full of ugly metal brackets and wires because the newest treatments are much more attractive and low-profile than in years past.  In addition, if you want to have a natural-looking smile while wearing braces, then you can request color-matching ceramic brackets for a look that is nearly as invisible as Invisalign.

Malocclusions That Require Treatment With Braces

An orthodontic examination is the only way to determine if you can wear aligners, but braces can often be more appropriate for these types of problems: 

  • Under Bites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Deep bites
  • Severely Crooked teeth
  • Jaw abnormalities

Our metal braces are made of surgical-grade stainless steel and use wires made from either stainless steel or a nickel-titanium “memory” alloy.  Many of our patients enjoy decorating their braces with bright colors, which they can customize at each visit.

At Wright and Feusier Orthodontics located in Santa Barbara and Buellton near you, California, Dr. Chad Wright or Dr. John Feusier will discuss your, or your child’s treatment options to help you make a decision concerning the best type of treatment for your needs. Depending on the type of malocclusion that a patient has, along with their age and overall health, orthodontic treatment typically requires between 12 to 30 months to complete. Call our Santa Barbara office near you for a free consultation today so we can help you decide what is the best treatment for you or for your child.