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What are the different types of treatment for straightening teeth?

What is teeth straightening?

Teeth straightening is a process used to correct misaligned teeth and improve the overall appearance of one's smile. It involves using pressure to move the teeth into their proper position, whether that means fixing crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or even spacing out teeth that are too close together. Adults and children can also use these devices to correct an overbite or underbite. Depending on your individual needs, your dentist will recommend the best option.

Children vs. Adult Treatment

Pediatric orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on treating children's teeth and jaws. One common issue pediatric orthodontists treat is when children lose their baby teeth too early. This can lead to overcrowding problems as adult teeth grow on top of other teeth, which can cause misalignment and other issues with the bite. To prevent this from happening, our team will work with your child to create an individualized treatment plan that may include braces or other corrective devices to ensure proper alignment of the teeth and jaw. Like teens and children, adults who want to improve their smiles and oral health can get braces. Braces are a great way to address common issues such as tooth crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and gaps. The process for adults is similar to the one used for younger patients; however, adult braces may be more discreet than traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners are an increasingly popular option for adults who want to straighten their teeth without the hassle of metal brackets and wires.

Metal braces

Metal braces have been around for over a century and are still the most popular type of braces used today. In the past, metal braces were large and bulky, making them very noticeable. However, with technological advances and innovation, metal braces have become much smaller and faster. Nowadays, metal braces are barely visible and can be customized to fit each individual's mouth perfectly.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are an excellent option for those looking to straighten their teeth without the visibility of metal braces. These braces are made of transparent, tooth-colored material and work the same way as metal braces. They are most popular among adolescents and adults who want to straighten their teeth discreetly and affordably.

Lingual Braces

Due to their many advantages, lingual braces behind the teeth are an increasingly popular orthodontic system. Unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are completely invisible and customized to fit each individual's unique teeth. This makes them ideal for adults who want to straighten their teeth without anyone noticing.

Invisalign And Clear Aligners

Clear aligners and Invisalign have become increasingly popular in the last decade, mainly due to the success of Invisalign. Clear aligners are made of a transparent plastic material that is virtually invisible when worn, making them an attractive option for those who want to improve their smile without drawing attention to their teeth.


In conclusion, many different treatments are available for straightening teeth. Metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners are all options that Adults and Children can use to improve teeth alignment and create a beautiful smile. Each type of treatment has its advantages and disadvantages, and Great Neck Family Dentist can help you determine the appropriate course of action for your or your child's teeth.

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