Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You?

Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You?

Nov 24, 2016
Considering an orthodontic treatment that will re-align your teeth? There are a large variety of orthodontic treatments designed to re-align teeth in order to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. However, with so many kinds to choose from, how will you know which treatment is right for you? While your dentist will be able to help provide the answer for that, here are the different types of orthodontic treatments available for tooth alignment:

Traditional (Metal) Braces

The oldest—yet highly effective—orthodontic treatment, traditional metal braces have connected wires and bands that are worn across your teeth. Over time, your dentist will adjust them accordingly as your teeth slowly begin to shift into a more desirable place.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, otherwise known as clear braces, provide a similar treatment as your traditional metal braces. However, the significant difference between the two is that ceramic braces have a less noticeable appearance and their tooth-colored or clear look blends in well with your natural teeth. And just like traditional braces, they are adjusted as your teeth shift into place.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are also similar to your traditional metal braces. What sets lingual braces apart, though, are their placement on the teeth. These braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, or the parts of the tooth that face your tongue. They are adjusted by your dentist as your teeth shift.

Invisalign Braces/Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have started taking the orthodontic world by storm, offering a faster, less intrusive way of aligning your teeth compared to traditional braces. They are worn similarly to mouth guards, and can be removed to allow regular eating and drinking. Every two weeks, your dentist will provide you with a new set of aligners to wear as your teeth shift.