Braces in McLean
How They Work
Braces are an orthodontic appliance system that involves brackets, wires, and rubber bands. Working together, these components move your teeth into a straight, new position and improve your bite. Though there are now more options than ever when it comes to straightening your teeth, braces remain the most effective treatment modality for severe misalignment of the teeth and jaw.
Truly tailored care
New advancements in orthodontics allow braces to be more comfortable than in the past, and your orthodontist will carefully plan detailed tooth movements and adjust the wires on your braces accordingly at each visit. You may also need to wear rubber bands at times around your braces to help correct the bite and positioning of your jaw. There are several types of braces to choose from; our team will help you choose the right kind to enhance your smile accounting for your preferences.
Types of Braces
Traditional metal braces can be used to treat a variety of alignment issues and are made of medical-grade stainless steel.
Clear or tooth-colored braces are almost exactly the same as traditional metal braces but are made of translucent ceramic and are less noticeable.
Lightforce braces utilize custom-made clear brackets created with state-of-the-art 3D printing technology.
Your Smile Journey Starts Here
From traditional metal braces to an array of clear aligner options, we provide plenty of paths towards a straighter smile — and we’re here to help you choose the option that’s perfect for you! Proudly serving patients of all ages, we also offer both early orthodontic treatment and adult orthodontic care; whether you’re 7 or 87, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs. Read on to learn a little more about the variety of services we offer and how they differ from one another.Schedule a Complimentary Consult
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Why Do I Need Braces?
Braces are used to correct crooked or crowded teeth, as well as address misalignment issues within your upper and lower jaw. Getting braces can straighten your smile, correct your bite, and help you chew and smile more confidently for years to come.
How Do Traditional Braces Differ From Clear Aligners?
Traditional braces are adhered to your teeth and cannot be removed, whereas clear aligners can be taken off to eat or brush your teeth. Traditional metal braces are often recommended to treat moderate-to-severe misalignment issues.
What is the Best Age to Get Braces?
Coming in for an early orthodontic assessment is important to help us determine potential issues with your teeth and jaw. Typically, starting braces sometime between the ages of 7-14 is ideal as it’s easier to reposition the teeth and avoid more complex issues down the line.