At our Philadelphia offices in Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Montgomeryville, we provide patients with a number of options for braces, including traditional metal braces, invisible clear braces, and colored braces. The ideal candidates for braces are just about anyone who wants to improve the appearance of his or her smile. Beautiful, straight teeth can enhance patients’ self-esteem as well as their overall health.
Dr. Hodges: "Braces today are not at all what they used to be. They are so much smaller and sleeker, they’re quicker, we use much lighter forces. There’s really very little discomfort at all today in braces. And we offer a variety of them. We offer standard metal braces. They’re very small, they almost look like jewelry. We have invisible or clear braces, and we have colored braces. Each time a patient comes in, they can change the color of their brackets. Braces are for anyone who would like to improve the appearance of their smile. Any age essentially, we go from 6 to 78. Children, teens young adults, middle age, elderly. Braces can help. Straightening one’s teeth really can have significant effects, first on the person themselves and their confidence, being able to put their best foot forward, maintaining eye contact, smiling while speaking, all of these things help one to relate better to another. On the flip side of that coin, we are perceived a certain way by our smile. Certain smiles and shapes and spacing and crowding will lead the mind to think about a certain age or a certain class. We really are perceived a certain way in America, be it fair or not, by our appearance, and the smile is a big part of your appearance."