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Common Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Common Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontics are available in many variations today, giving many patients the choice of how their bite correction is achieved. Different orthodontics offer varying levels of discretion, treatment speed, and comfort. Here is a look at the most common options available.

Metal Orthodontics

Metal braces have been available the longest, and they still shine alongside newer options when their advantages are considered. Importantly, this treatment tends to be more affordable and more versatile than alternatives. However, treatment can take longer than with some other choices.

Other Orthodontics With Brackets

Ceramic orthodontics are similar to metal orthodontics in that they use brackets on the fronts of teeth. However, the brackets are tooth colored or clear, making them more discreet. Lingual orthodontics use brackets behind the teeth, eliminating their visibility.

Clear Orthodontics

The most popular example of this treatment type is Invisalign. Instead of using brackets, clear appliances use plastic aligners that patients wear over their teeth. Clear orthodontic treatment is more comfortable and usually faster than metal orthodontics, but candidacy is slightly more restrictive in terms of age and what types of bite irregularities can be corrected.

Choosing the right type of orthodontic treatment involves analyzing goals and receiving an orthodontic assessment. To find out more about how orthodontic options compare with each other, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.

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