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Orthodontic Options to Improve Your Smile

Crowded, crooked, and gapped teeth are some of the most pervasive issues among dental patients. What most people don’t realize is that these dental problems affect more than a person’s appearance, they often make a patient more susceptible to dental decay and gum disease. Thankfully, modern orthodontics provides several solutions to meet the needs of these patients.

Many cosmetic dentists are trained to offer orthodontic solutions that are just as effective as an orthodontist’s treatment. At Smiles 4 Grant Park, our cosmetic dentist provides the best options for orthodontic treatment. These include traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign®.

Continue reading to learn more about these effective orthodontic treatments.

Traditional Metal Braces

If the thought of metal braces makes you cringe, you’re probably picturing the smiles of your middle school classmates. Fortunately, traditional metal braces have become increasingly discreet overtime. In fact, many patients choose traditional metal braces over other orthodontic options because of how discreet they’ve become and the many benefits they offer.

The advantages of metal braces include:

  • They are more cost-effective than other braces options.
  • Metal braces require less discipline and responsibility from the wearer.
  • They treat more complex orthodontic issues.
  • The results are quicker compared to Invisalign®.

Before you count out traditional braces, talk to an experienced dentist about your orthodontic options. In some cases, they are the most effective option! Your dentist can show you pictures of patients that have worn metal braces so you have an accurate idea of how they look.

Clear Braces

Also known as ceramic braces, clear braces are another extremely effective option for patients with more severe orthodontic issues. Actually, they may have more benefits than traditional metal braces. Consider these advantages when choosing the right orthodontic solution for your smile:

  • Less visibility
  • Durability
  • Easily removed
  • Customizable archwire to match your teeth
  • Healthier tooth enamel
  • Faster treatment time

As great as this option is, it doesn’t come without a couple of downfalls. Ceramic brackets are much more vulnerable to staining and they may not work as fast as traditional metal braces. Additionally, clear braces are more expensive, but many patients are willing to pay a little more to have a more inconspicuous orthodontic option.


Anyone who has researched adult braces has undoubtedly come across Invisalign® clear aligners. This orthodontic option has become increasingly popular for many reasons, including:

  • Extremely discreet
  • Easy maintenance
  • No food or drink restrictions
  • No brackets and wires
  • Ability to be removed

Although Invisalign® aligners can be removed at any time, they must be worn for 22 hours a day to be effective. Every two weeks, new aligners replace the patient’s current ones to continually shift the teeth.

There are several other factors to consider about Invisalign treatment, such as:

  • More orthodontic appointments
  • Higher cost
  • No effective for severe orthodontic issues
  • Requires more dedication and responsibility from the aligner patient

Despite these disadvantages, many patients are convinced that the pros outweigh the cons, and for good reason: Invisalign is a proven treatment for various alignment issues. Contact your dentist today to learn if you are a candidate for clear aligner treatment.

Grant Park Orthodontics

Dr. Abbey J. Lee offers these orthodontic options along with several other cosmetic services. To learn which braces option is best for your smile, contact our office today at 404-328-7177.

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