Traditional braces and retainers are used to help to straighten crooked teeth and correct a misaligned bite in patients as young as 8 or 9. In some cases, a removable retainer will be all that's necessary; in severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Braces, which consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances, work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. Newer mini-braces, which are much smaller than traditional braces, are an option for some. Braces usually remain in place for 1-3 years, followed by the use of a retainer.
Clear aligner therapy are popular because they can do a lot of the things traditional orthodontics can do, more discreetly and conveniently.
Many tooth movements are possible with clear aligners. However, some cases are still better-suited for traditional braces, or a combination of techniques.
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