Is it finally time for braces for you or your child? Getting braces is exciting. You’re on your way to a straighter and healthier movie star smile!

Gone are the days where traditional metal braces were the only option. While they’re still one of the most popular types of braces, you now have several reliable options!

Not sure what to choose? Keep reading to learn about a few popular types of orthodontic treatment in 2021.

Traditional (and Less Traditional) Metal Braces

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Traditional metal braces are what come to mind as soon as anyone considers orthodontic care. They’re effective, often more affordable than other options, and they’ve stood the test of time.

Not everyone loves the idea of metal braces. They can feel uncomfortable, and they’re the most visible type of orthodontic treatment.

That said, when it comes to children, they’re often the best option. They’re quick to apply, they’re hard to damage, and many children have them (so your child won’t stand out when they’re in school).

In 2021, you also have the option of gold braces for a less traditional look. Gold braces and standard metal braces aren’t different treatments. The wire and brackets are just gold-colored.

Even adults who love shiny gold jewelry may love having gold braces on their teeth!

“Clear” Braces

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For people who need traditional braces but who also don’t feel comfortable with a mouth full of metal, clear braces are a great option.

These braces work the same as traditional braces, but they have clear or tooth-colored brackets instead of metal ones. This makes them far less visible from a distance and in photos.

Some orthodontists also offer wires that are coated in white to make the braces even more subtle. Most of the time, however, the wire is still going to be silver.

Invisible Aligners

Invisible aligners are by far the most sought-after orthodontic treatment for adults. The most popular brand is Invisalign, though there are other professional options. Avoid “DIY” aligners if you want safe and healthy teeth.

Your orthodontist will take measurements and scans of your teeth and jaw, send that information to the manufacturer of the aligners (if they don’t make their aligners in-house), and then give you your aligners in a matter of weeks. You’ll put in a new set either every week or every other week until your teeth are straight.

In reality, invisible aligners aren’t truly invisible. They are, however, far more subtle than metal or clear braces. Most people have small attachments on their teeth to move them into place, and some people also have rubber bands.

All in all, even though they’re not “invisible,” invisible aligners are the best modern option for adults as long as they’re good candidates.

Time for Braces: Make Your Choice

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These are the most popular options for orthodontic treatment in 2021. If it’s time for braces, talk to your orthodontist about your options and determine which one is right for you. Get ready for a straight and healthy smile!

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