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live in good health Get it Straight While a mouth full of metal can invoke unwelcome adolescent memories, a growing number of adults are turning to braces to straighten their pearly whites. Dr. Jana Gyurina, dentist and owner of Oak Park Dental, offers straight facts on teeth aligning options By Kelsey Bewick Metal Metal braces���or the shiny variety we remember from childhood���move your teeth via a wire that applies constant pressure to the brackets it���s attached to. The most durable variety of braces, this option also requires the shortest treatment time. Although metal braces are more visible, they tend to be cheaper overall. Ceramic Clear ceramic braces are an aesthetically pleasing choice when your teeth are in need of serious straightening. Generally used on the top row of teeth, ceramic braces rely on a wire attached to clear brackets to straighten your bite. With the only major con being the possibility of stained brackets, this type works as well as metal braces but may need to be worn a bit longer. Invisalign The most discrete type of correction, Invisalign braces require you to switch out progressive retainers each week to correct minor crowding. With treatment times lasting nine months to a year, the retainers stay put 22 hours each day and are only removed for meals. They are a perfect option for adults who aren���t looking to drastically alter their teeth. Lingual A less common choice, lingual braces attach to the back of your teeth and are completely concealed. Because this option requires orthodontists to obtain special training, lingual braces tend to be expensive and aren���t ideal for drastic straightening. 12 BRAVA Magazine March 2013

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