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Overcrowding, alignment issues and other orthodontic problems can adversely affect the function of your mouth and leave you with an unappealing smile. In many of these cases, braces are a good orthodontic solution to correcting the issues and preventing further complications. At Dieguez Smiles, your orthodontist, Dr. Bertha Dieguez, can fit you for braces with minor variations.

Traditional braces use brackets that are cemented to the face of your teeth. They are linked by a wire on the top and bottom. They typically include bands and spacers to further aid in the realignment process.

Ceramic braces are just like traditional braces. The one major difference is that much of the hardware has been coated in a special ceramic material. This glaze can be shaded to match the natural tooth enamel, making them less noticeable. This makes them a great option for people who feel self-conscious about braces.

Clear, plastic braces are only called for if your teeth need a minor amount of realignment. The clear, plastic aligners are custom shaped to match your teeth. Every two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that has been tuned to bring you one step closer to your ideal alignment. This effectively stretches the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the sockets. Over the course of three to four aligner changes, your teeth will be repositioned to their ideal alignment.

If you have overcrowding, alignment or other orthodontic issues with your teeth and you’re interested in braces in Birmingham, Alabama, you should call 205-980-4744 to explore your braces options at our orthodontic clinic.