Braces 101

Traditional Braces

braces orthodontics phoenixTypically when people think of orthodontics, they envision traditional braces similar to the ones most people had as children. Metal brackets are bonded to the teeth and the brackets are joined with wire that, when adjusted over time, provides pressure on the teeth. Eventually the teeth settle into their new positions. This type of orthodontic treatment has been popular over the years because it remains highly effective and the effects are usually permanent.

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Invisible Braces

If you are seeking an alternative to traditional metal braces, invisible braces may be an option. These aligners are made out of smooth, comfortable and clear plastic making them "almost invisible". Instead of mounting brackets to your teeth, custom-fitted aligners are worn all the time except when you are eating or brushing. Every two weeks or so, a new set of aligners will be worn moving your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

Dr. Longfellow can help you decide which type of braces offers the best outcome for your child's specific situation. Regardless of which technique is used, the idea behind orthodontic correction is the same: pressure applied slowly over a period of time encourages teeth to move into a more aligned formation.

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