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Have you thought about aligning your smile? Did you know there is more than one way to adjust your teeth and align your jaw? Well, it’s true! Our orthodontic team is happy to share this fundamental insight on the different kinds of systems to align your smile, so you can get the help you need and the smile you always dreamed of!

When it comes to braces, your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson with Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS in Austin, Texas, is highly trained and able to recommend the particular kind of braces for your unique needs. The good news is there are three common and very different types of braces which are traditional braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners that our team is happy to discuss with you.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are easily recognized and noticed, which consist of many wires, rubber bands, and brackets that are placed on each tooth. These brackets move the teeth and jaw into the proper alignment over a period of time. This is a practical option prevalent in young adults and teenagers.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are an excellent option for young adults too because they are harder to see and blend into the teeth more naturally. These braces consist of ceramic brackets that bond to the individual tooth and often color matched to blend in. In some cases, you can color the ceramic for style and fun, which is a popular option to do for young teenagers or people who love a lot of color in their smile.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are newer systems, such as Invisalign® which works through a series of clear aligners that merely snap over your teeth. These clear aligners are discreet, and since they snap on and off, there are no food restrictions making them a popular option. Usually, each aligner needs to be traded for a new one roughly every two weeks to keep your alignment on track, and they need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day.

Not every kind of orthodontic treatment will work for everyone’s needs. However, depending on your current alignment issues, our orthodontist will be able to help you find the right braces for you.

If you are thinking about braces or want to come in and see which kind of braces would align your smile correctly, then call us today at 512-258-6683 to set up an appointment. Our professional orthodontic team is happy to answer your questions and give you an evaluation, so you know the next step to alignment success!