Thacker Orthodontics is your Hillsboro braces expert

Traditional braces are one of the most effective tools we have for achieving optimal tooth and jaw alignment. If you’re looking for someone you can trust to provide a brilliant straight smile in the Hillsboro area, the team at Thacker Orthodontics is here for you. We proudly create beautiful new smiles for patients of all ages in Hillsboro and surrounding communities. We’re proud to offer patients a variety of orthodontic options, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. Braces treatment with your Hillsboro braces experts.

Our team will collect digital X-rays, photos, and a model of your mouth before putting your braces on. Our orthodontists, Dr. MaryEvan Thacker and Dr. Jim Thacker, will then use this data to decide how to place your brackets. He will formulate a customized treatment plan based on your particular orthodontic needs, which will include information about the movements each tooth needs to make in order to achieve the best position.

A wire is inserted through the brackets provide customized pressure on all the teeth that need to be moved. Through a process called remodeling, bends in the wire will encourage specific and precise movements of the teeth. This process involves minor changes in the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When your braces put pressure on a tooth, cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts form around its root. Together with the wire, this creates negative pressure on one side of the tooth, where the bone will be removed. On the other side of the tooth, the bone is reformed. This pressure slowly moves teeth into the correct position.

Remodeling requires constant pressure on a tooth. This means that teeth will often begin drifting back towards their old positions over time once your braces are removed if you don’t wear a retainer. Regular use of a retainer will help prevent this natural drifting and keep teeth in their new and improved positions!

What your Hillsboro braces offer

The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional braces are a big part of why they’ve withstood the test of time and are still the top orthodontic treatment year after year.

All of our treatment options are excellent and can correct a variety of oral issues, from simple to complex. Today’s braces are better than ever! Traditional metal braces often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, which can make your treatment time shorten and more cost-effective if you’re on a budget.

Metal Braces
The tried-and-true metal braces system is still the most common type of braces. They are often constructed with high-grade stainless steel. Braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and also more fun than ever - you have the option of choosing colored elastics to add a punch of personality to your treatment! If you prefer a more subtle approach, we also offer clear or tooth-colored elastics.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are another option for straightening your smile that works the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made with a clear ceramic material instead. Ceramic braces tend to be used on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth.

They’re very popular with our older teen and adult patients because they are such a discrete treatment option. Since the brackets tend to be a bit larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, we normally won’t recommend them for our younger patients.

No matter what kind of traditional braces you choose, you can often see visible signs of improvement relatively quickly, which can help increase your confidence in both your smile and the orthodontic process!

Your trusted Hillsboro braces experts

At Thacker Orthodontics, we believe that advanced, personalized care leads to the best results and most positive orthodontic experience. Dr. Jim Thacker and Dr. MaryEvan Thacker, and the rest of our skilled team focus on patients as individuals, no matter the age, personal concerns, or clinical needs. When you choose braces treatment with our practice, Dr. Jim Thacker or Dr. MaryEvan Thacker will create a treatment plan that works with every part of your life. Using our leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology, we will provide efficient, comfortable care that will help you change your smile and your life!

Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started!