Types of Braces

Welcome to Cornerstone Orthodontics, where we believe that a beautiful smile is as unique as the person wearing it. That’s why we provide a range of orthodontic solutions tailored to meet your individual needs and lifestyle.

Our selection includes both traditional metal braces and clear ceramic braces. Regardless of your age, occupation, or lifestyle, we have an option that will work for you. Our dedicated team in Great Bend, KS, will guide you through the process, ensuring you choose the type of braces that best fits your needs.

At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we are committed to making your journey to a perfect smile a pleasant and successful one. Your smile is our passion, and we look forward to working with you to create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Traditional Metal

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, traditional metal braces have stood the test of time, proving their effectiveness and reliability. At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we utilize these braces to correct a wide range of dental alignment issues. Traditional metal braces work by applying consistent pressure to your teeth over a period of time, gradually moving them into their desired positions. This is achieved through a system of brackets, which are bonded to each tooth, and archwires, which connect the brackets and guide the movement of teeth.

  • Metal braces have been used for decades and have a proven track record of successfully correcting a wide variety of dental alignment issues.
  • Made of high-grade stainless steel, these braces are designed to withstand everyday wear and tear.
  • With metal braces, our orthodontists have full control over the movement of each tooth, ensuring accurate and effective treatment.
  • Traditional metal braces are usually a more affordable option compared to other types of braces or aligners.
  • Modern metal braces offer options for customization, such as colored bands, allowing you to express your personal style.


You deserve the confidence that comes with having a beautiful smile. With ceramic brackets, you’ll have a lot to smile about, even before your braces are removed! By incorporating the strength and function of traditional braces with the aesthetics of translucent ceramic, Ceramic brackets can give you the same orthodontic results without the need for large, noticeable metal braces. They move teeth with the same efficiency as traditional braces and are safe to use for patients of all ages.

  • With a comfortable design and a discreet, tooth-colored appearance, your ceramic brackets will leave you smiling!
  • Made of innovative new, ceramic material for an attractive appearance, our brackets are also extremely durable and fracture resistant.
  • Because ceramic brackets blend in with your natural tooth color, you won’t be reluctant to show off your smile.
  • With a small, smooth design, today’s brackets are comfortable to wear and easy to clean.
  • The ceramic material used resists staining, so you can eat and drink all your favorite foods and beverages without worrying about discoloration.

Braces for Kids

At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we understand the importance of early orthodontic intervention in ensuring a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles. Braces for kids form an integral part of this early orthodontic treatment strategy, providing the necessary guidance for the proper growth and development of their jaws and teeth.

The benefits of early orthodontic treatment are manifold. Firstly, it allows us to preemptively address potential orthodontic issues, preventing them from escalating into more severe problems that may require invasive procedures in the future. By stepping in early, we can simplify or even eliminate the need for more extensive treatments later on.

Secondly, braces play a crucial role in guiding jaw growth. This is particularly important in children, as it ensures there is ample space for the permanent teeth to emerge correctly. This proactive approach helps to avoid overcrowding and misalignment issues, laying the groundwork for a perfectly aligned set of teeth.

Thirdly, early orthodontic treatment can correct harmful oral habits that children may develop, such as thumb-sucking. These habits can affect the growth and development of the teeth and jaw if left unchecked. Our team can help identify these habits and provide solutions to mitigate their impact.

Lastly, the aesthetic benefits cannot be overlooked. Correcting issues like crooked or crowded teeth can dramatically improve a child’s appearance and self-esteem. A confident smile can make a significant difference in their social interactions, giving them the confidence to smile first.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit with an orthodontist no later than age 7. This is because, at this age, an orthodontist can effectively identify any potential issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.

At Cornerstone Orthodontics, our commitment is to provide your child with the highest quality of care in a friendly and welcoming environment. Our expert team will work closely with you and your child, developing a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs and ensuring the best possible results. We believe that a proactive approach to orthodontic care can set the stage for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

Braces for Teens

The teenage years are a pivotal time in life, filled with unforgettable moments and significant milestones. At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we understand the importance of having a confident smile during this formative period. That’s why our braces for teens are designed to help them achieve the radiant smiles they deserve.

Having braces as a teenager can be a transformative experience. Not only do they correct dental issues like overbites, underbites, and crowding, but they also help shape a more attractive and confident smile. This renewed self-confidence can have a profound effect on a teen’s social interactions and self-esteem.

However, life with braces does require some adjustments. Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial, and there are certain foods that should be avoided to protect the braces. These include hard or sticky foods like popcorn, chewy candy, and nuts. We encourage our patients to choose softer foods and cut them into smaller pieces to make eating easier.

Oral hygiene is another important aspect of life with braces. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to prevent food particles from getting stuck in the braces, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Our team will provide comprehensive instructions on how to properly clean your teeth and braces.

For teens involved in sports or other physical activities, protecting the braces is vital. We recommend the use of a mouthguard to safeguard the braces and teeth from potential damage. This small precaution can save a lot of discomfort and unnecessary trips to the orthodontist.

At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we’re committed to making the journey to a perfect smile as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Our team is always available to answer any questions and provide guidance every step of the way. Remember, braces are not just about improving your smile, but also about enhancing your overall dental health and boosting your confidence. The journey may be temporary, but the results will last a lifetime.

Braces for Adults

At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we firmly believe that it’s never too late to invest in your smile. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before, and for good reasons. Whether you missed the opportunity as a child, need further treatment after previous orthodontic work, or have experienced changes in your mouth or jaw as an adult, braces can provide the solution.

Orthodontic treatment in adulthood can address a variety of issues, such as overcrowding, gaps, misalignment, or bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite). Moreover, adults often seek treatment for aesthetic reasons or to improve oral health. Straighter teeth are not only more pleasing aesthetically but also easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

The are many benefits to enhancing your smile as an adult. A straight, confident smile can make a significant difference in both personal and professional interactions. It can boost your self-esteem, make you feel more comfortable in social situations, and even enhance your career prospects.

Furthermore, proper alignment can improve oral function, making eating and speaking easier. It can also alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. For example, treating an improper bite can prevent wear and tear of your teeth and reduce the risk of issues with your jaw joint, known as TMJ disorders.

At Cornerstone Orthodontics, we offer various types of braces suitable for adults, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring you choose the best option for your lifestyle and needs.

Remember, it’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Investing in your smile is an investment in your overall health and well-being. Let us at Cornerstone Orthodontics be your partner on this journey towards a healthier, more confident smile.