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Braces are commonly called for to realign the teeth of a teenager that has any variety of alignment issues. Regardless of design, all braces work on the same set of principles. Gradual tension through routine adjustments stretch the periodontal ligaments to move your son or daughter’s teeth into an improved position.

The type of braces Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter recommends will be influenced by their personal preference and the degree of realignment needed.

Traditional braces use brackets cemented to the face of their teeth which are linked by a wire on the top and bottom of their jaw. They typically employ bands and spacers to make adjustments in key problem areas.

Ceramic coated braces are just like traditional braces. The key difference is that most of the hardware has been coated in a porcelain-ceramic material shaded to closely match their natural tooth enamel.

Clear plastic braces, such as Invisalign® are only called for if your child needs a small amount of realignment. The clear plastic aligners are custom shaped to match their teeth. The aligners are removable, but they will still need to wear then 20 to 22 hours a day. Every two weeks they switch to another set that is adjusted a little closer to your ideal alignment.

If you or your child would like to find the best way to realign their teeth, you should call Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter’s office in Astoria, New York at 718-278-2441 to ask about braces.