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When it comes to straightening your smile, you have options. Braces aren’t all the same, and your ideal treatment will depend on how you want your braces to look, your lifestyle, and how quickly you’d like the process to go.

Not every option will appeal to you, so it’s important to have a consultation with your orthodontist to make the best choice that makes you happy with the process and results.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are an enduring technology in orthodontics – they are an incredibly effective and affordable option. They work to straighten your teeth quickly and comfortably and are a popular choice for younger patients because you can customize them with fun-coloured elastics. 

Orthodontists will use elastic ties to attach the wire and see the patient for adjustments every four to eight weeks. These braces tend to require a little more maintenance – staying away from certain foods and maintaining good oral hygiene. 

Ceramic Braces

Adolescents and adults tend to gravitate towards these braces because they’re less noticeable than metal braces. The transparent, tooth-coloured ceramic is perfect for people who want a subtle option that’s not removable, like Invisalign. 

Ceramic braces are still an affordable option like metal braces and work in a similar way. 

Invisalign Clear Aligners

The ever-popular Invisalign is an appealing choice for people with minor orthodontic issues who want a nearly invisible treatment option. The trays are thin and transparent, and since they’re removable, brushing, flossing, and cleaning your Invisalign is easy. 

Invisalign requires a lot of discipline because it’s not cemented onto your teeth like braces – for the results you want, you should follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely and wear the aligners for the proper duration.

Lingual Braces

Far less common are lingual braces – or braces on the inside of the teeth. The appeal of lingual braces is that you can straighten your teeth without any visible braces, but these braces are more complex to get and maintain. 

Bottom Line

You’re not limited in your choice of braces – you may have a preference for aesthetic or lifestyle reasons, or it may be possible to use a combination of treatment tools. Whether you have an idea of what kind of braces you want or are open to the possibilities, you should discuss all the options with your orthodontist before you finalize your treatment plan.

To find the most appropriate braces for your orthodontic treatment, contact Level Orthodontics for your free consultation, and let us come up with a plan for your straighter smile.