Many children and adults are hesitant to begin orthodontic treatment due to the associated discomfort. Traditional braces have a reputation for feeling tight and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there’s a new option available. Empower® self-ligating brackets have revolutionized teeth straightening. This advanced system is known for its versatility, efficiency, and efficacy, and often gives patients a more pleasant treatment experience. Additionally, Empower® offers the choice of less conspicuous clear brackets for improved aesthetics. American-made and designed with both patients’ and orthodontists’ needs in mind, Empower® brackets from Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates may be able to help you achieve the smile you desire without sacrificing convenience or results.

We offer Empower® brackets for many reasons, one of which is that the company, American Orthodontics, is based right here in the USA. The business manufactures all its products in the United States. Our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Kenneth Banasiak, has personally visited the factory and viewed the high-quality workmanship involved. Many types of orthodontic appliances are created in countries where quality control cannot be guaranteed. We believe you deserve the safest materials and treatment available, which is why we are proud to provide Empower® brackets to our patients.

How Does Empower® Work?

Unlike traditional metal braces, Empower® brackets are self-ligating. No rubber bands (elastics) are used, no tightening of wires is needed, and significantly less pressure is placed on the teeth during treatment. The wire is allowed to slide freely, only adjusting the teeth that are out of position. In addition to increased comfort, improved dental hygiene is also possible since food is less likely to get stuck in the appliance. Empower® brackets are also smaller than traditional metal brackets, and they are available in metal and clear options. The state-of-the-art Dual Activation design is another benefit; this feature gives our orthodontist unprecedented control over your treatment plan. The unique procedure also means fewer appointments for you and generally less hassle over the course of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Empower®

We want you to feel as confident as possible as you begin your orthodontic treatment. To help you become well-informed about your options, we have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Empower® appliances. If you would like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation, we hope you will reach out to our skilled team soon.

How is Empower® different from traditional metal braces?

Empower® can provide a more comfortable teeth-straightening experience for many people. This is due in part to the unique way the system gradually repositions the teeth. Traditional braces use metal brackets, rubber bands (elastics), and wires to exert gentle pressure on all the teeth, slowly shifting them into the desired position. In contrast, Empower® uses a self-ligating system to adjust only the teeth that are out of alignment. Empower® brackets also make oral hygiene easier to maintain, and some patients enjoy a quicker and more efficient orthodontic experience.

What does self-ligating mean?

Self-ligating means that the archwire used to reposition the teeth can slide freely through the brackets without causing pressure universally across all teeth. The wire doesn’t need to be tightened like those associated with traditional braces, and no rubber bands are used. Both active and passive brackets are available, which offer greater customization for patients with a wide range of needs and goals.

Will my braces be obvious and highly visible?

Empower® brackets are smaller than traditional metal brackets, and they sit further from the cheeks, lips, and soft tissues, making them less prominent and more comfortable. Additionally, Empower® brackets are available in clear ceramic, making them less conspicuous. If you’re particularly concerned with the appearance of your orthodontic system, we offer a range of unobtrusive and aesthetically appealing options, including Invisalign®.

Are Empower® braces more expensive than traditional braces?

No, most Empower® treatment plans are comparable in price to traditional metal braces. We recognize that orthodontia is an investment in the health, beauty, and function of your mouth, and we offer a range of financing options to help bring the cost of treatment into your budget. If you have any questions about fees, we will be happy to work with you and your dental insurance company to find a suitable solution. We are dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care to everyone who wants it.

Does the teeth-straightening process hurt?

While some minor discomfort initially is not uncommon, Empower® brackets are designed to be as comfortable as possible. Some soreness can occur, and this effect usually can be relieved with over-the-counter medication. If you’re experiencing more significant aching or pain, contact us to determine if there is an issue with your appliance or treatment plan. We want you to have the best experience possible while enhancing the function of your mouth and beauty of your smile. If you have a question or concern at any time, we’re here to help you.

Empower® offers an innovative way to improve the function and appearance of your teeth and help you enjoy a more beautiful smile in less time. For more information about Empower®, or to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontist, please contact our office today.