When you think about orthodontics, you likely think of braces. But did you know that not all braces are the same? There are many different options to best meet your treatment plan and needs.

Traditional braces

The most common type of braces are traditional braces. These are attached directly to the outside surface of your teeth with a special glue. These braces can be metal or clear/white in colour and can come with doors that close over the archwire (self-ligating) or use coloured elastics to hold the archwire in place. These types of braces can be used to correct almost any orthodontic problem.

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Lingual (inside) braces

Lingual braces are glued to the inside surface (lingual surface) of your teeth. They work very much like traditional braces with a wire being connected to each brace, but they are a more aesthetic option because the braces are glued to the inside of the teeth. Many types of orthodontic problems can be treated with lingual braces. Speak to your orthodontist to see if they will be right for you.

Clear/Plastic aligner treatment

Clear aligners have become a popular type of treatment in the last several years because they are considered a very aesthetic treatment option. This type of orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth from their existing to their final positions. Clear aligners are useful for the correction of some types of orthodontic problems, but not all. Speak to your orthodontist to find out if clear aligner treatment will work for you.

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