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Woodbridge, VA 22192
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By The Dental Spa
December 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentist   Braces   Invisalign  
Braces ImageLearn about the types of braces and whether orthodontics could benefit your smile.
While we may think about childhood when we think about braces, it seems that braces aren’t just for kids anymore. People of all ages are reaping the benefits of orthodontic care because it’s never too late to get a straighter smile. If you’ve been contemplating getting braces in Woodbridge, then you may be wondering if you are a good candidate. Your Woodbridge dentists at The Dental Spa are here to let you know who will most likely benefit from braces.
As we mentioned before, you don’t have to be a child or teenager to get braces. In fact, according to Oral B, about 20 percent of braces wearers are actually adults. Here are some of the most common dental problems that have patients of all ages seeking orthodontic treatment:
  • Overcrowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crossbites, underbites and overbites
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Gaps between teeth
Braces can correct all of these issues; however, the most important factor is choosing the proper type of braces to straighten your smile.
We offer a variety of different braces for our patients to choose from:

Traditional metal braces

This is still the most commonly used orthodontic treatment and advanced technology has made it significantly more comfortable than you may remember from your childhood years. Plus, metal braces are often the better option for those with complicated dental problems.

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces boast lighter wires and less friction to help move teeth into their proper place. Because of this, they tend to be more comfortable and also easier to clean than traditional braces. Plus, treatment times tend to be quicker than with metal braces.

Clear braces

These are similar to traditional braces; however, since the brackets are made from ceramics it’s less visible. This is a popular option for teenagers and adults looking to straighten their smiles with more aesthetically appealing qualities. However, one thing to keep in mind is that ceramics are not as strong a metal; therefore, you will need to be more careful with your braces and repairs may be more common than with traditional metal braces.

Lingual braces

These metal braces are just like traditional braces, but they are attached to the back of the teeth for discreet teeth straightening. The most important thing to consider before opting for lingual braces is your bite. Those with severely overlapped teeth could potentially put more pressure on these braces, causing them to fracture or break more often. However, the decision to opt for lingual braces is entirely up to you.


These clear removable aligners make it easy to hide the fact that you are wearing braces; however, not everyone is a good candidate. Invisalign can correct minor to moderate crookedness and misalignment, but will not be the best option when it comes to correcting more severely crooked smiles. Also those with underbites and children whose smiles are still developing, will not benefit from this type of orthodontics.
To truly find out what braces are right for you, you will need to come in for a thorough evaluation. We would be happy to set up your next appointment with The Dental Spa. Call our Woodbridge offices today - Spa One is available at (703) 580-1443, and Spa Two at (703) 580-8288.

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