If you’re like most dental patients needing to straighten your teeth…you want to know what your options are to get the job done. You might also be a parent considering what’s available to do the same for your child. Currently, there are two most popular types of braces available for anyone looking for a straighter smile.
Probably the most common type of braces are metal brackets. If metal brackets are the best option for you or your child, then these brackets run along a wire and affix to your teeth. Together, the brackets and wire press against the teeth to move them slightly. Over time, with each adjustment, the teeth will become straight and properly aligned. They are usually used to help close gaps or correct crooked teeth.
Brushing and flossing are extremely important with any type of brackets. Keeping the teeth clean while having braces on ensures the teeth don’t become stained and remain as bacteria free as possible. This, of course, helps keep the teeth healthy and strong during the entire process.
One of the most popular options is Invisalign. These are polymer trays which are custom made for your mouth and can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth. The trays are clear, so there’s little indication that you’re even wearing them. Every 2 weeks, you’ll have a new set created to match how much your teeth have moved. Some patients report seeing results in as little as 6 weeks, but standard wear time is approximately 12 months.
Obviously, many factors need to be considered when determining which is best for you or your child. A visit to the dentist will give you the answers you need.
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