Understanding Your Orthodontic Treatment Options

Understanding Your Orthodontic Treatment Options
Posted on 05/31/2019

Your Orthodontic Treatment Options

There are a lot of options for orthodontic treatment, from retainers to clear aligners to invisible, metal, ceramic and micro braces. Each type of treatment has certain benefits as well as use cases. Orthodontists and experts have the knowledge to consider all possibilities, based on variables like your age, possible jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth, and more. Here at Myers Orthodontics, we know what to use and when to use it, and will work with you to make the best decision for your best smile. Plan your first visit with us today!


When people talk about getting braces, it’s a very broad and general term. Are we talking about traditional braces, traditional ceramic braces, or self-ligating ceramic braces? The options are endless. 

Traditional braces typically have a negative reputation. For kids, they are often too clunky and very noticeable, which is why many people today tend to stray away from them. However, if you are trying to save money, traditional braces might be the best route for you since they are relatively inexpensive compared to these newer forms of braces. 

Ceramic braces are gaining in popularity over time. These types of braces are a lot less noticeable than the traditional form of braces and moves your teeth much quicker than clear aligners. However, a gripe that people typically have with these types of braces is that they stain much quicker.

Clear Aligners

Aligners are clear, plastic trays that fit the mold of your teeth. Aligners require more work on a day-to-day basis because it requires the individual to take out and put in these aligners on a daily basis. Aligners need to be removed by the individual when they eat and during brushing and flossing.

Each aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks and moves the teeth more and more until your desired result is achieved. Clear aligners can solve a number of oral problems. At Myers Orthodontics, we want to ensure you are taking the proper steps and choosing the right treatment for you. 


Retainers come in a couple of forms: removable and fixed. These retainers are meant to hold your teeth in perfect position after orthodontic treatment. Potential patients should wear retainers full-time for the first six months after treatment ends. When not in the mouth, removable retainers should be kept in the case provided by your orthodontist.

Your Orthodontist in Knoxville, TN

Your first orthodontic appointment is a step in the right direction. At Myers Orthodontics, we’re always happy to answer your questions and help you in any way that we can. If you haven’t booked your appointment yet, use our easy online form to request a complimentary consultation or call our office at (865) 687-6560.