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Braces is the term used when teeth are moved to correct a bad or crowded bite. Braces not only correct crowding and spacing of teeth, they can also correct crossbites and malocclusions, the dental term for a bad bite. In fact braces are usually the best way to correct your bite and can even help in some cases of joint pain.

Traditionally wires and brackets are necessary although today there are more choices. Depending on the severity of the situation, sometimes appliances, retainers and clear tray orthodontics can be used. These trays are similar to those used for home whitening, and the most well known system is Invisalign.

The most common use for braces is to correct crowded and misaligned teeth. This is very common in the front teeth where overlapping teeth or spaces can affect your willingness to smile or show your teeth at all.

Instead of opting for dentistry to correct these kinds of problems, you should also look into othodontics or braces. The main reason for this is that dentistry involves grinding of teeth, which is irreversible, and othodontics usually does not. It is always preferable to save tooth structure wherever possible.

The latest system available for othodontics is clear tray ‘invisible braces’. These are thin, clear trays that fit over your teeth that are barely visible. While you can talk with them in, the trays need to be taken out when you eat. They are perfect for adults, or anyone for that matter, who doesn’t want to deal with the inconvenience of the usual brackets and wires of traditional braces.

We provide clear tray orthodontics in our practice which our patients really appreciate because of their ease and comfort. We also have a specialized lab that can often correct simple orthodontic problems with removable appliances, which have the advantage of having a shorter treatment time and are a lot less expensive as well. Call our office if you have any questions or want to do a limited evaluation to see if Clear Correct braces will work for you.