So you want to straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth. You’ve likely seen many people with braces and maybe even met someone with "invisible" braces or clear aligners. Both options work, but not the same way or in all cases. Regular braces are, as they say, the "gold" standard, meaning we know they work and, done properly, can fix almost any alignment problem. Clear aligners work very well when used for their intended purpose, but there are cases where they cannot fix the problem. Let’s look at them both to help you decide. You can also just give us a call at 435.753.4400 and set up a consultation to review your options.

Traditional braces

Traditional braces are what you’re most used to seeing. They are the best option for children and young people who are still growing and may not always remember to follow directions and adults with mild to severe crowding, open bite, or spacing. The braces are bonded on and slowly move the teeth as we change the wires and elastics along with other appliances that may be needed. Braces are effective and efficient, and they’re also highly versatile to address almost any problems. In some severe cases, surgery may be necessary to help get the final desired result if there was a jaw growth problem that braces alone can’t fix. Regardless of your circumstances and needs, if you want straighter teeth, braces can help you get them.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners give you a way to straighten your teeth without others knowing that you even have them on. They are very effective at helping resolve mild to moderate crowding, mild open bite, and mild spacing. For many adults, clear aligners can offer a good solution when you’re not too thrilled about everyone seeing them. Depending on your concerns, however, clear aligners may take a little longer or not be able to address your concerns. If you’re not sure, but would like to know what’s possible, give us a call at 435.753.4400.