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Braces have come a long way as dental technology has advanced. Once upon a time, children and teens had to endure the traditional mouthful of metal. But now more and more adults are considering braces, and there are plenty of options for adults and young people.

You may decide that your smile could use some straightening, or your dentist may recommend them for you or your child after an examination. Your orthodontist will also examine your mouth and work with you to decide what course of treatment you should follow.

Your doctor may suggest the traditional form of braces. Before you cringe at the thought of all that hardware in your mouth, keep in mind that these are not the braces you remember from your youth. Today’s braces are made from stainless steel, they are lighter and constructed differently from those in the past.

You may want to explore the possibility of ceramic braces, which work just like traditional braces but because the brackets are clear, they are less noticeable by other people.

As an adult, you may want to straighten your teeth, but aren’t interested in walking around your workplace with people looking at, and commenting on your braces. You may also want the freedom to eat certain foods and enjoy drinks without impacting your dental work. In that case, you may want to talk with the doctor about Invisalign®. Invisalign uses clear appliances to gradually move your teeth into alignment. Most people will not notice that you are wearing them, and they can be removed when you want to eat or drink.

After an exam and a consultation, your doctor will be able to tell you which procedure is best for you.

Dr. Duane Taylor at Affordable Dentistry and Orthodontics in Dallas, Texas, can answer your questions about braces, and will be happy to discuss your options with you. To schedule an appoint today, contact our office at 214-330-7771. We look forward to hearing from you!