Ahhh. Braces. They seem like a rite of passage for growing up these days. Orthodontic braces straighten and align the teeth by gently shifting them into the correct position. The treatment addresses a variety of concerns, including crowding, spacing, overjet, crossbite and underbite. While back in the day people had limited choices, technological advances have resulted in a variety of braces options, and the process is much easier and more efficient.

Here’s a fun fact for you to file away for trivia night: Similar to fingerprints, we all have a unique set of teeth. This means that the type of braces that work for one person may not work for another. Dr. Khanna can outline your options during your initial consultation. However, these are the likely possibilities:

Metal Braces:

Metal braces are the most common type, and they’ve stuck around for a reason: They’re effective. Thanks to improvements in design and comfort, patients no longer have the stereotypical unwieldy mouth full of metal. Newer versions of metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and as a bonus you get to choose your elastics colors.

Clear Braces:

Though clear braces rely on brackets and wires like traditional braces, the brackets are crafted using clear crystal making them transparent and perfect for those who want a less noticeable look. Clear braces are becoming more common as an option for teenage and adult patients.

Lingual Braces:

Lingual braces are another treatment involving metal wires and brackets, but they’re placed behind the teeth on the tongue side making them virtually invisible. Unless someone peers into your mouth, which probably isn’t a common occurrence, no one will know you’re wearing them. This type of treatment is increasing in popularity among teens and adults, but many orthodontists don’t offer the treatment. Guess what? Dr. Khanna does and has additional training and certification in providing Incognito Lingual Braces.

Dentofacial Orthopedics:

This term sounds a lot more complicated than it is. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes it’s necessary to correct complex skeletal abnormalities. Different orthopedic appliances or surgical correction can guide jaw and facial growth. Techniques can either precede or be used in conjunction with braces.