What Kind of Braces are Right for Me?

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What Kind of Braces are Right for Me?

Many of our patients seek our advice on the best options for straightening teeth, and for good reason. An investment in straighter teeth does more than ensure a beautiful smile; it wards off several immediate and potential issues, from overcrowding to jaw alignment issues. But choosing between traditional braces and newer options can be confusing. We hope this overview will arm you with the information you need to make the best decision for you or your child.

Traditional Vs. Clear Braces

The main dilemma our patients face is deciding between traditional and clear aligner trays. Because there are many factors to consider, we find it helpful to do a side-by-side comparison.

Traditional Braces Aligner Trays
  • Less expensive option
  • Work very quickly
  • Effective for mild to severe cases
  • Very noticeable
  • Require careful cleaning
  • Can be used as young as age 10
  • More costly
  • Must be worn for a longer time
  • Not effective in treating more severe cases
  • Next to invisible
  • Require little to no maintenance
  • Not suitable for children

After reviewing these factors, you may be able to rule one of these options out. For example, if you need to correct a severe case of overcrowding, clear aligner trays will simply not be as effective. Or perhaps the noticeable nature of traditional braces is a deal-breaker for you or your teen. The good news is that both approaches are highly effective for straightening teeth!

Additional Options

Many consumers are unaware that they actually have more than just two options for straightening their teeth. If you love the idea of a less noticeable intervention but are uncomfortable with the longer treatment time associated with clear braces, consider tooth-colored ceramic braces. These products are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces, but because they work in the same way, they are appropriate for mild to severe cases.

The last choice for consumers is lingual braces. These braces work identically to traditional metal braces, but they are attached to the inner surface of your teeth. This makes them practically undetectable from a visual standpoint. This benefit has a downside, though. At first, it is likely that you will be more uncomfortable as you adjust to the roughness of the surface of the braces. In addition, because these braces require very careful adjustments, appointments may take longer than they would with other types of braces.


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