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The Basics of Braces and Types

What are the different types of braces?
Orthodontic treatments provide a wide range of options to choose from to meet your individual smile enhancement needs. From traditional metal to ceramic; SmilingYangs Orthodontics can provide a comprehensive treatment plan that will provide you with both the esthetics and results you are looking for. Below is a brief overview of the general braces types available on the market today. For more information on each of these types you can visit our braces types page or call our office to schedule an in person consultation.

Metal braces

Metal braces are traditional braces most often seen on children and teenagers. These type of braces use a system of brackets and wires to move the teeth over time.

Clear braces

Clear braces work like traditional metal braces, except that the brackets bonded to the teeth are made of ceramic. The shape is the same as metal braces but are clear or tooth colored to blend in.


Invisalign is a newer type of orthodontic treatment and it uses a system of customized plastic trays that are worn day and night, with the exception of when a patient is eating, brushing and flossing.

Are braces for you?

So now that you know the difference in the types of braces available; you may be asking yourself a series of questions… What are dental braces? How do they work? Do I need them? and if so, Why?

All of these questions are good ones and really can only be answered on a case-by-case basis. Which is why we have provided a basic overview to address these questions below.

If you have been told you need braces, or think braces are the right solution for you, SmilingYangs Orthodontics offers a no-fee in-person consultation to learn more about your individual situation. Schedule your orthodontic consultation today by contacting our office.

What are dental braces?
Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics to straighten teeth and correct a person’s bite.  If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite (underbite or overbite), dental braces can help correct the issue.

How do dental braces work?
Braces work by applying continuous pressure to slowly move teeth in a specific direction over time. Typically, the braces consist of wires and small brackets that attache to each tooth.

Who needs braces?
If you have an abnormal bite your dentist may recommend scheduling a consultation with an orthodontist. Correcting the bite can create a better smile, but most importantly, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. If not corrected properly, an abnormal bite could result in oral health problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, affected speech, chewing difficulties, abnormal wear to tooth enamel, jaw problems and more. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends every child be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven because this is when kids start getting in their first adult molars.  Whether you are 7 or 70, it is never too late to correct a bite and create a beautiful smile!


SmilingYangs Orthodontics

SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism.  The talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere:  a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members.  Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.

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