What Kind of Braces Should I Get?

What Kind of Braces Should I Get?

The days when people had only one path to a straight smile are long gone. Yes, traditional metal braces are still a highly effective way to correct misaligned bites and straighten crooked teeth. But they’re not your only option. 

Our dentistry team at Livonia Family Smiles strives to offer you access to all of the latest treatments available today. That’s why we offer leading-edge braces like Fastbraces®, along with alternative teeth-straightening treatment like Invisalign®

To help you decide which might be best for you or your child, let’s look at each option.

Your teeth-straightening options

Our Livonia Family Smiles team offers three ways to get a straighter smile: traditional braces, Fastbraces, and Invisalign.

Traditional braces

These are the braces you’d expect, with metal brackets affixed to your teeth guided along an archwire. Traditional braces are still one of the best ways to get an improved smile because they can address a wide range of tooth-alignment and bite-pattern problems.


Using specialized brackets and a patented treatment method, Fastbraces can deliver a straighter smile in a much shorter time than traditional braces. Our patients usually see results in 65-152 days with this treatment option.


Although they aren’t technically braces, we’re including Invisalign here because they’re a highly effective teeth-straightening option. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to guide your teeth into place. 

You can remove your aligners to eat or play sports. In fact, you only need to wear them for 20-22 hours each day. 

Choosing between braces and Invisalign

Ultimately, the decision between braces, including Fastbraces, and clear aligners comes down to what’s right for the patient. 

While Invisalign can correct a number of smile problems, you may need traditional braces to treat specific bite problems. Talk with our team so we can let you know which treatments would work for your specific smile goals.

If all three choices could be right for you, we can help you weigh the pros and cons of each. Because traditional braces and Fastbraces stay fixed in place, they might be a better fit for teenagers who would be tempted to take their aligners out too frequently, for example. Braces are also generally more cost effective than aligners. 

If bite, budget, and removability aren’t an issue, many patients choose Invisalign for their nearly unnoticeable appearance. They also make it easier to clean your teeth because you can simply pop them out to brush and floss.

Our Livonia Family Smiles team is available to discuss your options with you to help you pick the best fit for you or your son or daughter. To explore your choices for getting the straight smile of your dreams, call our office in Livonia, Michigan, today.

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