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Braces can be used to address a number of different alignment issues with your son or daughter’s teeth. They are often used to correct overcrowding or spacing issues, an under or overbite or just general alignment problems that develop as permanent teeth replace primary teeth.

Regardless of the design or the particular details all braces operate on the same set of principles. Over the course of minor gradual adjustments, the periodontal ligaments that anchor the teeth in the sockets are stretched slightly toward their ideal alignment. Where the different types of braces diverge is in their physical appearance.

At A&A Orthodontics our orthodontists can install any of the following types of braces, to fit your son or daughter’s personal preference.

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

Ceramic coated braces are just like traditional braces, only the majority of the hardware has been coated in a porcelain-ceramic material. Since it can be shaded to match their natural tooth enamel, they are not as overtly noticeable as traditional braces.

Clear plastic braces are only called for if your son or daughter needs a slight amount of realignment. The clear plastic aligners are custom shaped to their teeth. Every two weeks they switch to another set that is adjusted one step closer to their ideal alignment.

If your child has alignment issues with their teeth, you should call A&A Orthodontics’s office in Avon, Sandusky and Wadsworth, Ohio at to schedule an appointment.