November 11th, 2022
When I was a child in about 7th grade, Michael Jordan was the talk of the NBA. He was the greatest basketball player I had ever seen. He signed a deal with Nike to create a new style of athletic shoes – the “Air Jordan” basketball shoe. I was an aspiring basketball player and would play every day in PE during free play and on the playground with my friends. I was convinced that these shoes would make me run faster, jump higher, and maybe even shoot better (all things that left a lot of room for improvement in my case).
However, my family did not have enough money to buy these expensive new “magic” shoes. Instead, when my existing shoes began to wear holes in them, I distinctly remember my mom bought me a pair of white Reebok shoes. I was so disappointed and every time I missed a shot or someone jumped higher than me to get a rebound, I looked down at my shoes and thought I knew the reason.
Years later, when I eventually bought my first pair of “Air Jordan” shoes, it became apparent that what mattered a lot more than the shoes was the person wearing them.
As an orthodontist, I am often asked what type of braces we use in our office. There are several orthodontic manufacturers of braces in the US market with an excellent reputation for quality that have been in business for several decades. There are certainly differences in the quality of manufacturing between a well-known and established manufacturer with excellent quality control and an Amazon reseller posting foreign made brackets with no quality control.
That being said - just like athletic shoes - when it comes to braces it matters a lot more who is putting the braces on your teeth than the name brand of braces being used. In our office, we use American Orthodontics, 3M Clarity Clear Braces, and Damon braces to give patients different style choices and because Dr. Budd has a preference for different brackets in different clinical situations. For aligners, we use Invisalign, but there are other reputable manufacturers out there including 3M Clarity Aligners and Spark Clear Aligners among others. However, as long as you are using a reputable manufacturer, there are no magic braces or aligners that can unleash the superhero powers in your chosen orthodontist. Dr. Budd is a board-certified orthodontist in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metro area – give us a call today and let us help you achieve your dream smile - even without magic braces.