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Braces for Teens and Adults

For most patients, wearing braces typically involves the familiar metal type. Although they are still very popular, conventional metal braces are not the only game in town any longer. Let’s take a look at some other options for braces for teens and adults.

Before beginning, it may be helpful to look at the difference between fixed and removable appliances. Most people think of the traditional braces that fall into the category of fixed appliances. They attach to your teeth using metal and dental cement. They are not normally removed until the completion of treatment. Removable appliances like clear aligners are normally worn for most of the day; however, they can be removed when needed.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are normally made from stainless steel. They are still the most commonly used type of fixed appliance. They involve the use of metal bands wrapping around teeth in the rear, while smaller brackets are used on the front surfaces of other teeth. A metal wire runs through the brackets to guide teeth into their correct positions.

In spite of a lingering stigma, today’s metal braces are actually lighter, smaller and more comfortable than ever. You can even use colorful elastics or other modifications to personalize your treatment.

Lingual Braces

This is a system that is extremely unobtrusive but effective. These are simply traditional braces that are affixed to the inside of the teeth facing the tongue. Other than that, they do the same work as conventional braces.


Invisalign has seen a steady increase in popularity over the years among both teens and adults, largely due to its ability to straighten teeth without being so obvious about it. You will be provided with a customized set of clear aligners that are periodically replaced for a new set to gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions.

Patient compliance is very important with Invisalign since the system is removable. The important thing to remember is to replace your aligners whenever you remove them to eat or clean your teeth. This ensures that you are are adhering to your treatment plan and complete it without any delays.

Invisalign Advantages

  • Very comfortable
  • Easily removable
  • Not easily noticeable
  • No food restrictions

Your Invisalign aligners are individually developed just for you and your unique mouth and teeth. So they are extremely comfortable, offering a custom fit.

The great thing about Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners whenever you like. So you can eat or clean your teeth by removing your Invisalign aligners temporarily. Just make sure that you are wearing them for the required 22 hours daily to stick to your treatment plan.

Both teens and adults appreciate the way that Invisalign is virtually invisible. Because even though you are getting your teeth straightened, not everyone needs to know about it.

Your Consultation

If you would like to further explore braces for teens and adults as treatment options, contact us. We have multiple locations!


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