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Are you trying to decide if it’s worth aligning your smile with braces? If so, Dr. Don Niu and our orthodontic team are happy to tell you that a straight, healthy, and beautiful smile is always worth it. To help you feel a little better about braces, we would like to tell you that the technology has greatly advanced over the years.

First, braces are now better looking. Metal braces are smaller and simpler and they also have decorative bands. Ceramic braces are like metal braces but they contain tooth-colored bands and wires, so they are harder to see. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, so they align the smile without anyone noticing. Invisalign® is a clear, virtually invisible aligner that can straighten your teeth without many people knowing.

Second, the new appliance hardware provides better performance and less pain. This is because the hardware consists of nickel and copper titanium wires that apply pressure to the brackets and move the teeth using the natural heat of your body. Because of the new technology, braces don’t have to be tightened or adjusted as often.

Third, you have many orthodontic appliance options nowadays. You can choose to align your smile with an appliance other than metal braces. You can use clear braces, Damon braces, ceramic braces, clear aligners, Invisalign aligners, self-ligating braces, lingual braces, and more. These options can improve the health and appearance of your smile all while giving you the control, comfort, and convenience you need.

If you have any questions about the advancements with braces in Irvine, California, please don’t hesitate to give Irvine Dental Group in Irvine, California, a call. When you dial 877-396-6899, our orthodontic team will be excited to help you!