Common Orthodontic Practices

Common Orthodontic Practices

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who works to correct tooth alignment and bite issues to give you a great smile! At Severns Dentistry and Orthodontics, we’re listing a few of the most common orthodontic practices we use.

Braces at Orthodontist

Metal Braces 

Metal braces are still a popular option for orthodontic treatment through Pittsburgh for adults, teenagers, and children. Metal braces consist of a series of brackets that are attached to your teeth and linked by wire that work to pull the teeth into the desired position.

Over time, the wires will be loosened or tightened by your orthodontist to move the teeth over the course of a few months or a few years, depending on your needs.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces a similar to metal braces because they are attached to your teeth and work to correct your alignment. The only difference is that lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth, so they are hidden from view.

With this system, you have the advantage of gaining a straighter smile, but you do not have to feel self-conscious about wearing braces. Because of their position, lingual braces will not interfere with your speech or the movement of your lips.


Orthodontic elastics are a type of rubber band that is designed to be used in conjunction with your braces to help with tooth alignment or to help correct jaw problems. The bands are used to pull the jaw forward or backward to correct your bite. They can also be used to speed up the process of tooth alignment.


The Invisalign system works using sets of clear plastic aligners rather than metal braces. You change your clear aligner every two weeks to gently move your teeth into the desired position. This is an effective and discreet way to straighten your smile. These aligners can be removed for cleaning your teeth, eating, and drinking.

Since they are clear, most people can’t tell that you are wearing them, so you do not have to feel self-conscious.


A retainer, or removable appliance, is something that we recommend to patients who have recently had their braces removed or other tooth realignment treatment to help them maintain their new smile. Once your bite is corrected, you need to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position, which is why wearing a retainer is important.

In addition to removable retainers, there are also banded or bonded retainers that are glued to the back of the teeth to keep one or more teeth in the proper place.

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As your top choice for orthodontics in McMurray, Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics specializes in a variety of orthodontic procedures to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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