When you think "orthodontist", the first thing that probably comes to mind are traditional braces. As one of the more affordable, common treatment options, traditional braces work well for most situations and all ages. These braces tend to be the treatment of choice for children because they can change the elastic band colors for a more fun, personalized experience. We keep a flip book of color combinations at our office just in case suggestions are needed!
For those who do not want to show off their favorite colors when they smile, ceramic braces are a more subtle alternative. Ceramic braces use clear brackets, making them less visible than metal braces. An important note to remember is because these braces are clear, they require significantly more hygienic attention. Older teens and adults tend to prefer this treatment option and are best able to responsibly care for them.
If you are debating between braces and Invisalign, the biggest difference between the two treatment options are the material and permanency. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires that protrude from each tooth and cannot come off without professional removal. Invisalign uses a clear, plastic aligner duo that hugs your teeth and can be removed to eat. To learn more about the differences, check out our blog post:
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