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Guide To Orthodontic Treatments

The day you begin orthodontic treatment is a special day. Explore each treatment option below to learn more and figure out which one is right for you.

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Orthodontic Treatment Options

There are a lot of treatment options these days – from retainers to clear aligners to metal and ceramic braces. They each have their uses. Orthodontists have the specialized knowledge to consider all possibilities, based on variables like your age, possible jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth, and more. They know what to use and when to use it, and will work with you to create a custom smile.


Composed of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets.


Clear, thin, plastic-like trays that are formed to fit an individual’s teeth. Patients are responsible for insertion and removal.


Removable, clear, thin, slightly flexible, and made of a plastic-like material. They fit the exact shape and placement of the teeth.


Archwires fit into the slots in brackets and actually move the teeth. 


Elastics are tiny rubber bands that apply extra force to a tooth or teeth in ways that braces alone cannot. This helps teeth move into their ideal positions.


A mouth guard is used by athletes of all ages to protect teeth from trauma during competitive and individual sporting activities.

Orthodontic Surgery

Surgical orthodontics, also called orthognathic surgery, is corrective jaw surgery performed to remedy skeletal problems that affect the ability to bite, chew and speak.

AAOF Donated Treatments

Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) is a program of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF) that provides the connection to orthodontic treatment for children of families with financial need.