As founder of an independent orthodontic practice in South San Francisco, California, William Fay, DDS, has placed braces on patients for more than 20 years. William Fay, DDS, uses clear ceramic brackets to help patients maintain a confident smile throughout treatment.
Braces have a reputation for being painful, unattractive, and inconvenient. Mainstream media has contributed to many of these ideas as orthodontia is often pictured in television and movies as a stereotypical mouth full of metal. The fact is, however, that contemporary advances in orthodontia have allowed practitioners to offer brackets that are close to unnoticeable for those who prefer a subtle look, while colored rubber bands enable patients to express themselves in fun and creative ways.
Braces are also not as disruptive to everyday life as common wisdom suggests. Orthodontists are able to work with patients to help them continue their favorite activities, which can even include contact sports as long as individuals wear the correct protective gear. Even the braces themselves are not as uncomfortable as patients think, as the flexible wiring now available means that practitioners can minimize the amount of force and thus keep patients more comfortable over the course of treatment.