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One of the most common dental treatments today is installing dental braces to correct malformations in the teeth and jaw. It can have a profound effect on the lives of the people who receive it. Dental braces are such a common treatment because of the wide variety of oral problems they fix and the confidence they instill in the patient after they are removed.

Braces correct crooked teeth and misaligned bites. They help correct structural issues that can make it difficult to eat or speak. They are amazing for correcting developmental issues in young children’s mouths so they can grow up with healthy teeth, jaws, and self-image.

Innovations in technology of dental braces have expanded the market to include more people that have access to braces and more options to choose from for treatment. With so many changes and benefits, it’s no wonder that their use is on the rise and that there are a multitude of varieties of braces to choose from. Here are just some of the available varieties of braces:

Traditional Metal Braces
These are the braces most people are familiar with. This is what comes to mind when you think of getting braces. These are the ones that are fastened to your teeth with brackets and wires that you have to wear for several years to get the most benefits from them. They are very powerful, and successful at corrective most dental and palate problems they are used for. They are still also the most common type of braces we see today.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are almost exactly the same as metal braces. They have the wires and brackets, and you have to wear them for long periods of time to get the most benefit from them. The difference is that they are made from ceramic, so they blend in with the teeth better, reducing the visual impact of them and allowing a more discreet look.

Clear Plastic Braces
Clear plastic braces have been popularized in the last ten years or so. They are not as powerful as the braces mentioned before, but they do work by using clear, plastic trays that gently nudge your teeth together over time. They are popular among older clients. You’ve probably seen the commercials for them in the recent past.

To learn more about your options for orthodontic braces, call our office, today to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in Santa Rosa, California, Dr. Victoria Lynskey.