Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment

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Orthodontic treatment is more than just a cosmetic concern. Crooked teeth can cause problems with speech and eating. Straight teeth are also healthier because they are easier to clean.

We offer several types of invisible braces Glendale to correct misaligned teeth. These include: clear aligners and lingual braces. They are all discreet, effective, and comfortable.


Invisalign is an innovative treatment that provides a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear aligners are comfortable, easy to wear and remove, and are virtually invisible. This makes them an ideal option for adults and teens who are concerned about their appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

The treatment is custom-designed for each patient, based on a 3D scan of their mouth. The trays are removable, so patients can continue eating and drinking whatever they like, while brushing and flossing as normal. However, the trays should be kept on for 20 – 22 hours each day to move teeth as quickly and effectively as possible.

Some people may experience slight discomfort and sensitivity as the trays shift their teeth into place, but this should subside after a few days following each tray change. Also, you will need to visit your orthodontist every six weeks to make sure that your teeth are moving as they should be.


InBrace® is an innovative system that delivers truly hidden braces. Unlike traditional lingual braces and clear aligners, InBrace is worn behind the teeth so it’s discreet and won’t interfere with your day-to-day life.

Unlike stiff rectangular wires, the InBraceSmartwire has a round cross section that reduces friction on the front surface of the teeth. This means less force on the teeth and a faster, more comfortable treatment.

The InBraceSmartwire is pre-programmed to move your teeth in a gentle transformation toward their final positions. This efficient movement is healthier for your teeth and gums.

InBrace is also more discreet than other lingual orthodontic systems, making it an excellent choice for active patients who play sports, perform music or travel. It’s a “set-it-and-forget-it” treatment with fewer monthly tightenings and less maintenance. Plus, the curved structure of the InBraceSmartwire makes flossing easier, so you can keep up with your regular hygiene routine. Flossing is virtually the same as before, just easier.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are a popular option for adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth without sacrificing their appearance. They are similar to traditional metal braces and use wires and brackets, but instead of being silver in color they are made from clear materials that blend in with the patient’s teeth.

There are several different types of clear braces. Some are ceramic or porcelain brackets, which are resistant to staining and have a more natural color. Others are made from zirconium or resin, which have a slightly more opaque color. And still others are lingual, which means they are glued to the back of the patient’s teeth and therefore cannot be seen from the outside.

Clear braces require more maintenance than aligners because the patient must brush and floss their teeth frequently to avoid food particles from becoming trapped in the brackets. In addition, the clear elastics can become discolored from drinks like coffee or tea and foods such as red meat or tomato-based sauces.

Lingual Braces

Unlike other types of braces, lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth so they’re not visible to others. This makes them a great option for adults who want to avoid the appearance of traditional braces while they straighten their smile.

To get lingual braces, your orthodontist will take an impression or scan of your teeth and send it to a specialist lab where the custom-made brackets will be created. During your follow-up visit, the dentist will cement the brackets onto the back of your teeth.

Like other types of invisible braces Glendale, lingual braces apply small amounts of continuous pressure to help shift your teeth into place. This should correct your crooked or overcrowded teeth, and fix any underbites or overbites. You may experience some discomfort initially, but this should pass as your mouth gets accustomed to the treatment. You can usually manage any pain with over-the-counter medications and by eating softer foods like yoghurt, cheese and bread.