Narrowing Down Your Orthodontic Options

There are more orthodontic options than ever for the type of braces used to straighten teeth, so how do you choose? Each option comes with its own set of pros and cons, as well as different price points, and your orthodontist will help you understand the benefits of each.

Metal or Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have come a long way and are not as noticeable as they used to be. They’re the least expensive orthodontic option, are very strong and you can customize them with different colored bands and elastics to show off your personality while you wait for your beautiful smile to appear.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are another option to consider. They’re the same size as traditional braces, but the brackets are clear instead of metal or can be the same color as your teeth, so they’re less noticeable. Ceramic braces work quickly, but they’re not as strong and are more expensive than traditional braces.

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces usually consist of retainer-like alignment devices made of clear plastic. Dr. Sal uses ClearCorrect, a product like Invisalign. In addition to being less visible than traditional or ceramic braces ClearCorrect braces can be removed, so eating, teeth cleaning, and other activities are easier. This type of aligner is expensive and doesn’t work for major dental issues, but it can provide fast results in some situations.

Other Ways to a Healthy, Straight Smile

Removable appliances, dental veneers and dental contouring are additional ways you can get your teeth straightened. Talking to Dr. Sal can help you understand the differences in braces and which orthodontic option is right for you.