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Orthodontic Treatment: What Are My Options?

Realizing that you need adjustments to your teeth can be a trying and stressful time for anyone, particularly for younger patients. Therefore, it’s important that anyone in need of braces is well informed about their options when it comes to orthodontics.

Orthodontic treatment typically comes in two primary forms. Both approaches correct misaligned and crooked teeth and are highly effective. The proper approach to take often depends on the age of the patient and the severity of the misaligned teeth.

Traditional Braces

This is the most widely used form of orthodontic treatment for people with severe cases of misaligned or crooked teeth. Traditional braces are typically what a dentist will recommend for younger patients in the pre-teen to teen stage due to the importance of their teeth properly setting at an early age. These braces are made of metal bands that help gradually reposition the teeth into their proper alignment. These braces usually stay on for a few years, allowing them enough time to properly correct the affected teeth.


Orthodontic treatment typically comes in two primary forms. Both approaches correct misaligned and crooked teeth and are highly effective.


Invisible Braces

Invisible braces have become more popular, especially with adults. While these braces do the same job as traditional braces, they are much less noticeable and, in some cases, nearly invisible. These braces come in the following options:

  • Lingual: The biggest difference between lingual braces and traditional braces is that they are placed along the back of the teeth rather than the front, as is the case with traditional braces.
  • Porcelain: Porcelain braces are constructed exactly like traditional braces but they are virtually invisible due to the fact that they are made of a white porcelain material. The brackets on porcelain braces are designed to ward off stains when they are properly cared for.
  • Invisalign: A great option for adults with minor misalignments, Invisalign has become very popular due to its convenience and appearance. This approach consists of using a plastic tray that fits perfectly to the teeth. The tray is made of clear plastic and is invisible. What makes this option most attractive is that the tray can be removed while the patient eats.

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