Braces

Crawford Orthodontic Care

Orthodontist Located in Norcross, Duluth, Cumming, Stockbridge, Lithia Springs & Kennesaw, GA

Braces aren’t one size fits all, and that’s why Keith Crawford, DMD, and the team at Crawford Orthodontic Care offer multiple teeth-straightening options for their patients. Options include traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and clear aligner systems customized for children, teens, and adults. Crawford Orthodontic Care has six convenient offices in Lithia Springs, Stockbridge, Kennesaw, Duluth, and Norcross, Georgia. Call the office nearest you to learn more today.

Braces Q & A

What are the different types of braces?

Crawford Orthodontic Care offers both metal and ceramic braces.

Metal braces

Metal braces are traditional braces that include lightweight brackets and wires. Although the metal is silver, Crawford Orthodontic Care offers a wide variety of colored elastics that change the overall appearance. These colored bands are especially popular with children and teenagers.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces have larger brackets that are more fragile than metal ones. But the ceramic brackets are clear, so they’re much less visible on your teeth. Teens and adults may choose ceramic braces for aesthetic benefits.

You might have some mild discomfort as you grow accustomed to braces, but they’re not painful at all. Choosing metal or ceramic braces is really all about your personal needs and wishes, so the Crawford Orthodontic Care team can help you choose what’s best for you.

Are aligners the same as braces?

Aligners are different than braces, but they’re very similar in terms of what they can do. They’re clear acrylic trays that adjust your teeth over time. You’ll replace your aligners every 1-2 weeks throughout treatment, which typically lasts around the same amount of time as regular braces treatment.

Aligners are a good choice for teens and adults who want a different way to straighten their teeth, but they’re not necessarily right for everyone.

One major difference between aligners and braces is that strict schedule adherence is crucial. Since aligners are removable, it’s important to take them out only for meals and brushing your teeth.

You should wear aligners 20-22 hours a day, and swapping your aligners when directed is the only way to get ideal treatment results.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Treatment time for Crawford Orthodontic Care patients is anywhere from 6-30 months, with the average time in braces being a little under two years. When you start your orthodontic treatment plan, the Crawford Orthodontic Care team gives you an estimated total treatment time.

Do I need a retainer after braces?

Yes. In fact, your retainer is just as important as your braces in terms of getting great results. Using your retainer as directed is the best way to prevent your teeth from moving out of position again. Eventually, you can decrease retainer wear according to your provider’s recommendations.

Call Crawford Orthodontic Care today for the best in Georgia orthodontic care.