Braces: The Many Ways to Align the Smile

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Orthodontic treatment is a great way to work toward and achieve the smile of your dreams. When it comes to the appliance used to reach your goals, there are many options available. That’s right—You can choose which treatment is right for you. To tell you a little more, our orthodontist, Dr. Steven Alexander, is happy to give you some details on a few of the treatments.

The first treatment is traditional braces. This appliance is the metal appliance you most likely see often. It involves metal brackets and metal wires and sometimes it’s decorated with different-colored bands. The brackets are cemented to the front surfaces of the teeth and are connected by a metal wire.

Another treatment is ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but they are less noticeable. This is because the brackets and wires are the color of tooth enamel. The appliance blends in with the teeth and quietly aligns the smile.

A third treatment is lingual braces. Lingual braces are also like metal braces. However, instead of being cemented to the front of the smile, the braces are cemented to the back of the smile. In other words, the brackets are cemented to the back surfaces of the teeth and are connected by the wire. This appliance is very difficult to see from your peers.

You also have the options of using clear aligners, self-litigating braces, and fast braces. However, some treatments are only meant for minor misalignments while others are meant for more severe orthodontic problems. Your orthodontist will examine your smile and help you understand the treatment that is right for you. To learn more about your braces options in Queensbury, New York, please contact Alexander Orthodontics at 518-793-8511 today. Our orthodontic team is more than happy to assist you!