Braces Alternatives

Our Own Innovative Braces – Butterfly System®

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Kalamazoo Orthodontics has the distinction of featuring our own signature line of braces, the Butterfly System® that was designed and created by Dr. Bowman. The Butterfly System® brackets feature a very low profile; yet also include a vertical slot through the brace for the addition of a variety of auxiliaries to enhance biomechanical versatility. The 16% reduction in profile dimension compared to typical pre-adjusted brackets improves their comfort, as there is less of the brace to protrude from the surface of each tooth. As a result, they are much less obtrusive than the bulkier, so-called “self-ligation” braces like Damon® and In-Ovation®. In contrast to those larger braces, the Butterfly System® still allows patients to “personalize” their brace experience with a choice of multiple “colors” to tie in their wires! Research from Ohio State University in 2010 demonstrated that patients from 9-17 years of age still prefer the aesthetics of this style of orthodontic bracket with “colors” compared to other brace alternatives. In addition, the vast majority (77%) of orthodontists in the U.S. also prefer this style of orthodontic bracket (miniature twin pre-adjusted edgewise).

Radiance Crystal Clear Braces

American Orthodontics, the company responsible for making Dr. Bowman’s Butterfly System® braces, asked us to evaluate Radiance mono-crystalline brackets. Radiance crystal clear braces are smaller in profile and smoother than traditional ceramic brackets. Radiance brackets are clear instead of tooth-colored. As such, they offer a less noticeable and more comfortable alternative.

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Invisalign® – “Braceless” for a Great New Smile

The Invisalign® System and Invisalign® Teen are state-of-the-art esthetic alternatives to typical braces. They are virtually undetectable, so very few people can tell that you are straightening your smile.

The Invisalign® System aligns your teeth with a series of clear, customized removable appliances or trays (called “aligners”) – no brackets or wire.

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Invisalign® moves teeth much like braces but these aligner trays are removable, so keeping your teeth clean is easier. The treatment times and minor discomfort with Invisalign® are much the same as braces.

Insignia™ Custom-Designed Orthodontics

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Kalamazoo Orthodontics has been certified to offer a system of individually customized, computer-designed orthodontic brackets called Insignia™. Insignia™ uses a fully interactive software system that the orthodontist uses to design a custom prescribed appliance that is specific to a particular patient’s needs. It’s a precise, start-to-finish process delivering maximum clinical and practice efficiency.

Insignia™ is the only system that delivers a complete custom solution featuring: patient-specific brackets, precision (computer-assisted) bracket placement, and custom wires to improve precision and reduce adjustments. Insignia™ can make difficult cases more manageable and routine cases exceptional, while shortening treatment times.

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Self-Ligating Braces

Kalamazoo Orthodontics has had significant experience with a number of self-ligating bracket systems such as In-Ovation, Damon, Time, Quick, Vision, Discover, and Empower. These so-called SL brackets all have some type of gate or clip to hold the arch wires into the slot of the bracket rather than rely upon the typical steel or colorful plastic ties traditionally used in orthodontics. The evidence-based advantages for these types of brackets include: improving the consistency of the techniques used to hold orthodontic wires in place and reducing treatment appointment times.

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Wild Smiles

Just for fun for some of our younger patients undergoing Phase I or limited treatment we offer Wild Smiles braces. These braces have unique shapes like hearts, stars, footballs, and flowers to allow patients to personalize their braces beyond just colors.

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