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Choosing a course of orthodontic treatment can be tricky, especially if you don’t know much about your treatment options. Fortunately, Dr. James Karhohs can tell you the pros and cons of the most common types of orthodontic treatment to help you know which is right for you.

Metal/Traditional Braces
Pros: These braces have been tested and proven for years, and tend to cost less than other choices. The option of using colored bands allows you to add your own style.

Cons: Traditional braces are conspicuous and will stand out.

Ceramic Braces
Pros: The clear or tooth-colored materials used in ceramic braces make them discreet. They can also change your smile faster than other cosmetic treatments, such as Invisalign®.

Cons: Ceramic braces usually cost more than traditional braces, can develop stains without proper care, and are more fragile.

Lingual Braces
Pros: Because they sit behind your teeth, lingual braces are the most discreet type of braces.

Cons: They can be difficult to keep clean and may cost more. Lingual braces are not ideal for severe misalignment cases of misalignment.

Clear Aligners
Pros: Virtually invisible and easily removable, clear aligners are the most aesthetic and convenient option. You can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment.

Cons: Clear aligners typically can’t treat severe cases, and they are only available for teens and adults. They are known to be the most expensive option, and replacing lost aligners can be pricey. Using clear aligners to straighten your teeth can take last longer.

With so many orthodontic options, you are sure to find one that fits your smile goals and preferences. To help you learn more about your choices for orthodontic treatment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, please call James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC at 616-784-4300 and arrange a visit with our dentist.