Choosing the Right Braces for You

Braces are an essential step towards aligning your teeth, improving your bite, enhancing your speech, and boosting your overall appearance. At Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics in Indiana, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile with braces. While the thought of braces may raise questions or concerns, rest assured that you’re in capable hands with our experienced team.

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Different Types of Braces

At Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics in Indiana, we offer a variety of braces to cater to your unique orthodontic needs and preferences. Each type comes with its own set of advantages, ensuring that you receive the best treatment experience possible.


Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics, Treatments, Picture of little girl smiling and pointing to her bracesMetal braces are the traditional and time-tested choice for treatment. They are made from high-quality stainless steel, and their durability makes them effective for even complex cases.

With metal braces, the brackets are attached to your teeth, and a wire is used to guide your teeth into their proper positions. Metal braces have come a long way in terms of comfort and aesthetics, with smaller, less noticeable brackets available.

Advantages of Metal Braces

  • Efficiency: Metal braces are highly effective for correcting even the most complex orthodontic issues. They provide precise control over tooth movement.
  • Cost-Effective: Metal braces tend to be the most affordable option, making them a practical choice for many patients.
  • Durability: Made from stainless steel, metal braces are robust and can withstand the demands of orthodontic treatment.
  • Customization: You can choose from a variety of colored elastic ties for a fun and personalized look.


Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics, Clear Braces, Girl with clear braces smilingCeramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. They are made from clear or tooth-colored materials, blending in with your natural teeth. While they are less noticeable, they still provide effective results in aligning your teeth. Keep in mind that ceramic braces require careful maintenance to prevent staining.

Advantages of Ceramic Braces

  • Aesthetics: Ceramic braces blend in with your teeth, offering a less noticeable appearance compared to traditional metal braces.
  • Effectiveness: They are equally effective in achieving your desired results while maintaining a more discreet look.
  • Comfort: Smaller brackets and smooth edges enhance comfort during treatment.


Self-ligating braces come in both metal and ceramic options. They use a specialized bracket that clips directly to the wire, reducing the need for elastic ties.

Self-ligating braces are less conspicuous and require fewer adjustments, resulting in shorter appointment times. They are an excellent choice for those seeking a more streamlined and comfortable orthodontic experience.

Advantages of Self-Ligating Braces

  • Faster Treatment: Self-ligating braces often require fewer adjustments and result in shorter appointment times.
  • Low Maintenance: They have fewer components and are easier to clean compared to traditional braces.
  • Comfort: Reduced friction and gentle pressure enhance overall comfort during treatment.


Lingual braces are placed on the inner surfaces of your teeth, making them virtually invisible from the outside. They are an excellent choice for adults and professionals who prefer discreet orthodontic treatment.

Lingual braces are highly customized to fit your individual tooth shape and alignment needs. While they offer excellent aesthetics, they may take longer to adjust to in terms of speech and comfort.

Advantages of Lingual Braces

  • Invisibility: Lingual braces are hidden behind your teeth, making them virtually invisible to others.
  • Customization: They are customized to fit the unique shape of your teeth for optimal comfort and effectiveness.
  • Discreet Treatment: Ideal for individuals who prefer a discreet orthodontic option without visible braces.


Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics, Orthodontic treatment and braces options, Girl smiling and holding an invisalign clear alignerClear aligners, such as Invisalign, have revolutionized orthodontic treatment. These custom-made, transparent trays are removable and virtually invisible.

Clear aligners are an excellent choice for those with mild to moderate dental issues, offering convenience and flexibility. While they are not suitable for all orthodontic problems, they provide an attractive option for patients of all ages.

Advantages of Clear Aligners

  • Invisibility: Clear aligners are virtually invisible, allowing you to undergo treatment without anyone noticing.
  • Removability: You can remove clear aligners for eating, brushing, and special occasions, offering flexibility and convenience.
  • Easy Maintenance: Cleaning your aligners is simple, and there are no dietary restrictions during treatment.

Considerations When Choosing Braces

Choosing the right type of braces is a significant decision that can impact your smile and daily life. At Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics, we want to help you make an informed choice. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when selecting braces:

If the visibility of your braces concerns you, options like ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners may be more appealing due to their discreet appearance.

Treatment Goals
The complexity of your dental issues will influence the type of braces recommended. Metal braces remain highly effective for severe cases, while clear aligners are suitable for milder issues.

Cost can be a deciding factor for many patients. Metal braces are often the most cost-effective option, making them accessible to a wide range of individuals. We can work with you to discuss payment plans and insurance options.

Consider the level of maintenance you are comfortable with during treatment. Traditional metal braces and self-ligating braces require fewer steps for daily care, while clear aligners and ceramic braces may require more attention to detail.

Treatment Duration
The duration of your orthodontic treatment can vary depending on the type of braces you choose and your specific needs. Discuss your timeline expectations with our orthodontic team.

Comfort during treatment is essential. While all braces are designed for patient comfort, you may have personal preferences regarding the feel of certain braces.

Lingual braces, positioned behind your teeth, may temporarily affect your speech as you adjust to them. Clear aligners have a minimal impact on speech as they are removable.

Our experienced orthodontists will assess your oral health, discuss your smile goals, and take these considerations into account when recommending the most suitable braces option for you.

Maintenance Tips for Braces

Maintaining good oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment is crucial for the success of your braces. Proper care ensures that your teeth move into their correct positions effectively and reduces the risk of dental issues. Here are some general maintenance tips:

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth and braces after each meal. Pay extra attention to brushing around the brackets and wires.

Use floss threaders, interdental brushes, or orthodontic floss to clean between your teeth and underneath the wires. Daily flossing is essential.

Avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that can damage your braces. Cut food into smaller pieces if needed to prevent breakage.

Regular Check-ups
Attend your scheduled orthodontic appointments for adjustments and check-ups.


  • For Metal Braces: Maintain a braces-friendly diet and follow your orthodontist’s instructions for care.
  • For Ceramic Braces: Be cautious with your food choices to prevent staining and bracket damage.
  • For Self-ligating Braces: Regular brushing and flossing are essential, and follow your orthodontist’s recommendations for adjustment appointments.
  • For Lingual Braces: Be patient as you adapt to lingual braces; they may affect your speech initially. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean the backs of your teeth and braces.
  • For Clear Aligners (Invisalign): Remove your clear aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. Brush your teeth after each meal and before reinserting your aligners. Clean your aligners with a gentle, clear anti-bacterial soap and lukewarm water.

Choose Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics for Your Braces Journey

Trust Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics, led by Dr. Anthony Puntillo, Dr. Christopher Crane, and Dr. Carolyn Gardiner, as your partners in achieving a stunning smile. With our experienced team, cutting-edge technology, personalized care, and a wide range of orthodontic solutions, you’re in the best hands for your orthodontic journey.

Your dream smile begins here—schedule a consultation today to start your path toward a lifetime of confidence and radiance.

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