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One of the most common dental treatments can have a life-changing effect on the lives of the people who elect to have it done. One of the most common treatments, dental braces are such a commodity because of the wide variety of oral problems they can and do fix, especially in children.

The primary function of braces is to correct crooked teeth, but did you know they can also correct misaligned bites and other mouth deformities? They help correct structural issues that can make it difficult to eat or speak. They are especially amazing for correcting developmental issues in young children’s mouths so they can grow up with healthy teeth, jaws, and self-image.

Innovations in braces technology mean that more people can have access to braces and have more options to choose from. Over the last few years, there have been extensive milestones reached with braces, and with how much they can help the consumer, it’s not mystery why more and more people are trying them, no matter what their age. Here are some available varieties of braces:

Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the kind your best friend wore in elementary or middle school. They have wires and bands to keep them in place, and are anchored to the teeth to pull them in the right directions. These have fantastic corrective power, and are the most common type of braces.

Ceramic Braces
These may seem different, but they are practically the same as metal braces. They use the same bracket and wire system that metal braces use, but these are made with a ceramic that blends into your teeth, reducing the visual impact that traditional braces can have, which makes them more appealing to some patients.

Clear Plastic Braces
These are braces such as Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®. They use removable clear plastic trays to gently nudge your teeth into place. While lacking some of the corrective power of traditional braces, they make up for it in convenience and discreteness. These are most popular among adults who didn’t take corrective action with their teeth in their younger years and would rather not advertise they are wearing braces. Whatever option you choose, your life can be changed for the better by fixing your smile so you feel confident.

To learn more about your options for orthodontic braces, call Straight Smile in College Park, Maryland, today to schedule a consultation with our orthodontists, Drs. Liang and Liang.