Braces are Braces, Right?
You might be surprised to know that there are a LOT of different kinds of braces. There are many different companies that make braces, and each kind has small differences. In addition, companies make metal and ceramic braces so they come in these various materials as well. Every orthodontist has his or her own preferences in regard to the kind of braces they use in their office. I was trained on about 6 different bracket systems, which was wonderful because it allowed me to pinpoint what I personally felt worked best working through case after case with the different systems.
Interestingly, one thing that I learned from using various bracket systems, is that in the end of the day despite the small differences braces are braces. The braces don’t transform teeth into beautiful smiles without a qualified orthodontist doing the work. I could play a toy guitar and Carlos Santana’s guitar and probably make similar unrecognizable noises because I haven’t the foggiest how to play a guitar. On the other hand, he could probably make amazing music on many makes and models of guitars… and has the know-how to understand which guitar works best in his hands.
I use what I believe is the highest quality American made bracket system on the market. I also use name-brand Invisalign clear aligners for aligner treatment. These factors do make a difference to me as an orthodontist performing treatment but at the end of the day, the most important factor for patients should be how comfortable they are with their orthodontist and his or her expertise.