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Which Treatment is Right for Me? – Allen TX

The Right Orthodontic Treatment for Your Smile

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Whether mild or severe, dental misalignment can have a significant impact on your self-esteem, causing you to feel unhappy with your appearance. Fortunately, our team at Allen Orthodontics is prepared to help you transform your smile into one you’ll proudly show off! We offer multiple orthodontic treatment options, meaning you’re very likely to find one that works for your unique needs. During your consultation, we’ll determine which solution is best for you. To learn more, simply keep reading or schedule an appointment!

Traditional Braces

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Known as a tried-and-true method, traditional metal braces have helped children, teens, and adults achieve straighter smiles for decades now. Using metal wires and brackets, your teeth will gradually move into a more properly aligned position. The good news is that the brackets are much smaller and less bulky nowadays.

The brackets are cemented to the front of your teeth before an archwire is threaded through them. Over the course of your treatment, the piece of wire is adjusted to place gentle pressure on your teeth to shift them in the correct direction. Metal braces are an excellent option for children, teenagers, and adults with complex dental problems.

Clear/Ceramic Braces

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Like traditional metal braces, clear/ceramic braces use a similar bracket and wire system. However, the main difference is that the brackets are made of a clear ceramic material. They also lay flatter against the surface of your teeth, lowering the chance of potential irritation to your soft oral tissues.

If you want an alternative to metal braces that are a bit more discreet, you should consider clear/ceramic braces. It allows you to effectively address your dental problems without having your treatment be too noticeable!

Self-Ligating Braces

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Even if you’ve heard of self-ligating braces, you may not know very much about them. While it still consists of wires and brackets, this alternative uses small latches on each bracket instead of rubber bands to help your teeth shift more easily. One significant advantage of this method is that it leads to faster and shorter treatment.

Self-ligating braces are a great option for teenagers and adults who prefer a quicker orthodontic solution. Although you will require routine visits throughout your treatment, each appointment will only take a few minutes! The wire will simply be removed from the latches before replacing it with a new one. In addition, the smoother and more rounded brackets will allow you to have a more comfortable experience.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

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Not a fan of wires and brackets? Don’t worry – you can still achieve the smile of your dreams with Invisalign clear aligners! These custom-made trays are made of a smooth plastic design, leading to a more comfortable and quicker treatment process.

Invisalign is ideal for patients who prefer fast results without compromising their daily appearance. The plastic trays are customized to ensure a proper fit and they must be worn at least 20-22 hours each day. You’ll be given a series of trays and be required to wear each one for a predetermined amount of time, which is usually about two weeks. Once you’re finished with your entire series of aligners, you’ll notice a drastically healthier and more beautiful smile!