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Will I Need Traditional Braces? A Lone Tree Orthodontist Explains

There are some cases in which orthodontic treatments are either too late or the malocclusion (crooked teeth) are too severe to be treated with Invisalign®. For these patients, our team may recommend traditional bracket-and-wire braces.

Traditional Braces at NEO

In the past, metal braces had a reputation for being a bit awkward and obvious, but modern orthodontics has produced versions that are smaller, less noticeable, and way more comfortable than ever before! Today's brackets and lighter wires improve the appearance and feel of these braces, and help keep irritation in the mouth to a minimum.

Another really fun part about modern braces are the pops of color you can showoff. The elastics that fit around brackets come in a wide variety of colors, and let you showcase your personality however you want.

The Benefits of Braces

Braces offer more benefits than most realize, going beyond having straight teeth. Traditional braces can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Gaps between teeth (diastema)
  • Overcrowding
  • Crooked teeth (malocclusion)
  • Open bite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • …and other issues

Traditional braces are still the preferred form of treatment in indications requiring complex movement of teeth. Plus, patients of all ages — even into their 70s — can benefit from orthodontic treatments using traditional braces.

Braces Help to Avoid Many Dental Issues

When teeth are aligned to have a proper occlusion (bite), patients can avoid any number of issues stemming from malocclusion, including:

  • Uneven wear patterns
  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Periodontal disease
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
  • …and more

NEO Treats the Whole Patient

Braces can effectively straighten teeth, but they cannot effectively change bone structure that is either deficient or out of alignment. For this, special types of functional facial orthopedics can be valuable and can solve many skeletal problems without surgery.

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