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Types of Braces

At Taft Hill Orthodontics, we offer a variety of braces to evenly straighten teeth and help correct bite problems, which can ultimately provide you with a more beautiful smile. Dr. T.C. Hardy, who specializes in orthodontic treatments for children, teenagers, and adults, uses several different types of braces to help you achieve your cosmetic goals, including:

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces utilize a system of wires and brackets that are bonded to the teeth to shift them into their ideal position. Although traditional braces cosmetically impact the smile, they are often the most cost-effective form of orthodontic treatment. Additionally, traditional braces may achieve the best cosmetic results for patients with severe orthodontic issues.

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Short-Term Braces

The goal of short-term braces is to align the front six teeth with no adjustment to the occlusion (bite). If this is your main goal in orthodontic treatment, and you want to have treatment completed in a short amount of time, our experienced orthodontist can evaluate your needs and determine whether short-term braces can help you meet your goals. Please contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss your options with Dr. Hardy. Know about gaps between teeth.

Clear Braces

As opposed to traditional braces, clear braces use ceramic brackets that are made to match the color of your teeth. As a result, your clear braces will be more discreet than the traditional system of metal wires and brackets. In addition, the ceramic brackets used in the treatment are stain resistant, helping to ensure that your smile looks its best while you are straightening your teeth. Learn about underbites and overbites.

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Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™

As an alternative to braces that use wires and brackets, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ straighten teeth using clear and removable aligners, making these orthodontic treatments virtually invisible to others. Using a system of progressive, custom-fit aligners, the patient’s teeth are gently moved into their ideal position. This method allows patients to eat, drink, and clean their teeth with ease. Additionally, most patients achieve their cosmetic goals within 12 months. During the consultation process, Dr. Hardy will help you decide which treatment will best meet your individual needs.

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces have the cosmetic advantage of being hidden behind the teeth rather than bonded to the front. As an alternative to traditional braces, lingual braces can achieve the same effective result with a nearly undetectable appearance during treatment. Athletes, musicians who play wind instruments, and patients who are not candidates for Invisalign®, but wish to attain more discreet orthodontic treatment, may be excellent candidates for lingual braces.

Read: What to expect when first getting clear braces

Schedule a Consultation

If you have more questions about the types of braces offered by Dr. Hardy or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.