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Because of the modern technology in the world today, orthodontic treatment is better now than ever! In fact, there are many different appliances available that can align your teeth and give you the smile you want. There are fixed appliances and removable appliances that can help you. Our orthodontist, Dr. James Karhohs, is happy to tell you all about these appliances today!

Fixed appliances
-Traditional braces: This appliance is made of metal brackets and metal wires. There are small elastics that are wrapped around the brackets. You can customize these elastics by choosing different colors.

-Ceramic braces: This appliance is like traditional braces but it is made to match the color of your teeth. This makes it less noticeable.

-Lingual braces: This appliance is just like traditional braces but instead of being glued to the front surfaces of the teeth, the brackets are glued to the back surfaces.

All of these appliances shift the teeth by applying pressure. Regular adjustment appointments are vital.

Removable appliances
-Aligner: This appliance is a shell-like product that fits over the teeth. It is generally made of clear plastic to make it unnoticeable. To move the teeth, the shell is molded in a shape that pushes the teeth to the proper position.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about orthodontic treatment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, please contact James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC at 616-784-4300 today. Our orthodontic team is here to give you the information you’re looking for, so don’t be afraid to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!