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One of the most common dental treatments that comes to mind when you think of the dentist is braces. Dental braces can have a profound effect on the lives of the people who receive them. Braces are such a common treatment because of the wide variety of oral problems they fix, most notably, straightening the patient’s teeth and improving the smile.

Braces correct crooked teeth and misaligned bites. But they also help correct structural issues that can make it difficult to eat or speak when things aren’t growing the way they should. They are amazing for correcting developmental issues in young children’s mouths so they can grow up with healthy teeth, jaws, and self-confidence about their perfect smile.

With so many positive benefits, it’s no wonder how often braces are being used today. They seem to be becoming more and more popular over the years, which could partly be attributed to the advances made with them and the varieties that are offered for use now. Innovations in braces technology means that more people can have access to braces and have more options to choose from. Here are some available varieties of braces:

Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal is the most common material used to make braces, and the ones we typically see on children who need dental braces. They are the most reliable and strong option and though they may take a few years to finish working, they provide a lifetime of corrections that instill self-confidence.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic Braces are similar to metal braces. They are practically the same, using brackets that fasten to the teeth and wires to hold them in place. The main difference is the material they are made out of. Being made out of ceramic helps them blend into the teeth and become less noticeable, making them slightly more appealing.

Clear Plastic Braces
Clear plastic braces have been on the rise in the last ten or twenty years with brands such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® hitting the market and targeting older audiences that may not have had their teeth corrected at a younger age. They aren’t quite as powerful as the other two braces types, but they do work and they use plastic trays and pressure to gently nudge your teeth into place over time. They are also ideal for the patient who wants to be discreet about wearing braces.

To learn more about your options for orthodontic braces, call Love Family Dentistry in Roanoke, Virginia, today to schedule a consultation with our orthodontists, Dr. Lovecchio and Dr. Burkitt.