What are the different types of braces?

Langford Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatment plans that are as unique as your smile! Dr. Langford and Dr. Ringer, our family orthodontists, are dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans for patients of all ages, whether a child, teen or adult. We offer a variety of options for braces and clear aligners in Knoxville and Seymour, Tennessee.

Whether you’re looking for metal braces, clear braces or clear aligners, we allow you to choose a type of braces that will help you achieve your dream smile and fit in with your lifestyle and personal preferences. Schedule a complimentary consultation with our team to discover the best type of braces for you!

Metal braces

When you picture braces, traditional metal braces are often the type of braces that come to mind first. While orthodontic care has had many advancements, metal braces are still the gold standard for straightening teeth effectively. Modern metal braces are crafted from high-quality stainless steel, providing greater comfort and a smaller design than ever. They are an excellent orthodontic treatment option for individuals of all ages, including adults, teenagers, and children. We’ve found that younger patients enjoy personalizing their braces with colorful elastics, and our adult patients often prefer neutral-colored elastics.

Clear braces

Clear braces work like traditional metal braces but have translucent ceramic brackets instead of metal. The archwires and elastic ties are also transparent or white for a balanced, discreet look. This type of braces can handle many of the same orthodontic issues as metal braces and is a popular choice for adults and teens looking for invisible braces option.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are a virtually invisible braces alternative, popular with adults and teens who desire a more discreet orthodontic treatment option. Clear aligner therapy involves a series of plastic trays custom-made for you that gently shift your teeth into alignment. One of the main advantages of clear aligners vs. braces is the ability to remove them when eating or drinking anything other than water. Although they’re removable, wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours daily is vital to achieving the desired results. On average, treatment with clear aligners takes 12 to 18 months, but this can vary based on individual needs. Throughout your clear aligner therapy, you will have check-ups with your family orthodontist approximately every 12 weeks to monitor your progress. Like other types of braces, once your clear aligner therapy concludes, you will receive a custom-fitted retainer to ensure your new smile lasts a lifetime.

Langford Orthodontics offers Spark™ clear aligners and Invisalign® in Knoxville and Seymour, Tennessee.

Find the best type of braces for you in Knoxville or Seymour

While picking the best type of braces for you can be an intimidating process, our team is here to help. Whether you’re looking for metal braces, clear braces or clear aligners such as Spark™ or Invisalign®, our Knoxville and Seymour orthodontists can help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile.

At Langford Orthodontics, our top priority is ensuring your comfort and satisfaction with your orthodontic treatment plan. Start your journey to the smile of your dreams with a complimentary consultation with the best orthodontists in Knoxville or Seymour, Tennessee.

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