What Are Braces?

If you have crooked teeth that you’ve always wanted to straighten out for a more attractive, youthful smile, you have multiple choices. Whether traditional metal or enamel-colored ceramic braces that are affixed to the teeth or removable clear braces (such as Invisalign), this is the most conservative (albeit time-consuming) way to get your smile in line.

There’s a lot that can do to make the teeth look straighter, but orthodontics is the most conservative treatment. Over a period of roughly eight months to two years, these treatments slowly move your teeth into the desired position—the main difference being that traditional braces are affixed to the teeth while clear braces involve a series of 18 to 30 removable plastic “aligners” that are each worn for two weeks before moving on to the next. 

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