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Is it time to align your smile with braces? If so, we are so excited for you! Having a beautiful smile is something that will help you feel comfortable and confident about your appearance, and we are thrilled to help you reach your smile goals. Before you begin your treatment, consider the many options available in orthodontics, which are:

Traditional/Metal Braces
Metal/traditional braces are what most people think of when they hear the word “braces.” With this appliance, the metal brackets are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth and they are connected by metal wires. Throughout time, the metal appliance will gradually shift and change your teeth into the smile you have always wanted. Modern technology has made these brackets smaller and less noticeable to help you feel more confident and comfortable throughout the treatment. It also has new heat-activated archwires that use your body heat to quickly and painlessly move your teeth.

Pros: These braces are the cheapest option in orthodontics and the colored bands give you the ability to style your braces in any way you would like.

Cons: Metal braces are the most noticeable appliance compared to all other orthodontic options.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but instead of metal brackets and wires, the brackets and wires are tooth-colored and natural looking.

Pros: Ceramic braces are less noticeable than traditional braces and they are known to transform your smile faster than clear aligners.

Cons: These braces are more expensive and they tend to stain more easily if you do not take good care of them.

Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are made of the same materials as metal braces but the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of the teeth rather than the outside.

Pros: These braces are not noticeable from the outside.

Cons: Lingual braces are difficult to clean, they are more expensive, and they cannot be used if you have a severe case of misalignment. These braces can be extremely uncomfortable at first and the regular tightening and adjustments take longer and are more complicated than traditional braces.

Invisalign®
Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner that covers all of your teeth and gradually changes your smile throughout time. The treatment consists of 18-30 aligners that are custom-made for your smile. These aligners are removable and you will need to replace them every two weeks.

Pros: Invisalign is almost invisible and you can eat and drink whatever you want as you proceed through treatment.

Cons: This treatment will not work if you have a severe case of misalignment and it is only available to teens and adults—not children. Invisalign is a more expensive option and the aligners can be easily misplaced as well as costly to replace. It can also take longer to provide results compared to other orthodontic options.

Please remember that not every orthodontist offers all of these options. If you would like to know what we offer at our orthodontic practice, we encourage you to call our office today and schedule an appointment. We are here to bring life to your smile, and we look forward to working with you!