3020 South Reserve Street #E,
Missoula, Montana 59801


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Goodbye Traditional Braces!

We are a huge fan of the 80s – we love the music, the cars, and we even love the hair – but one thing we don’t love? Their braces technology! This is one reason we don’t use traditional metal braces at Kenworthy Orthodontics. Curious how we provide exceptional braces and orthodontic care in Missoula? We’re glad you asked.

Dr. Kenworthy’s Approach to Braces

Orthodontic appliances are typically adhered to your teeth with a glue that only interacts with your teeth when hit with light. With traditional metal braces, the metal prohibits this process. With glass brackets – like what we use at Kenworthy – the light can hit the glue at virtually any angle, which allows a faster and more precise adherence. This not only shortens the amount of time it takes to place braces, but it also increases the chances that the brackets will adhere to the tooth.

You may have more questions about these glass brackets, but we assure you they provide exceptional results and cause less discomfort when installing than metal brackets. Here are a few other benefits to consider.

Benefits of Clear Braces

Clear braces are orthodontic appliances that use brackets made of transparent materials to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, which use metal brackets and wires, clear braces blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them less noticeable.

  • Aesthetic Appeal. The brackets of glass braces are made from transparent materials, making them much less noticeable compared to metal braces.
  • Discreet Appearance. Glass braces blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them less conspicuous and more visually appealing.
  • Comfort. Glass brackets typically have smoother edges compared to traditional metal braces, reducing the risk of irritation and discomfort to the lips, cheeks, and gums.
  • Stain Resistance. The materials used in glass braces are resistant to staining and discoloration, helping to maintain a bright and attractive smile throughout the treatment process.
  • Effective. Despite their discreet appearance, glass braces are highly effective in correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite misalignments. They work in a similar manner to traditional metal braces, gradually moving the teeth into their desired positions over time.
  • Customizable. Glass braces come in a variety of shades, allowing patients to choose the color that best matches their natural tooth color or personal preference.

Types of Braces

In addition to clear braces, Dr. Kenworthy offers some other options for braces for patients looking for alternatives.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a type of orthodontic treatment where the brackets and wires are placed on the inner surface of the teeth, facing the tongue. Unlike traditional braces that are attached to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are virtually invisible from the outside, offering a discreet orthodontic solution. Lingual braces work similarly to traditional braces, gradually moving the teeth into their desired positions over time.

clear aligners

Clear Aligners

Our in-house clear aligners offer a discreet and convenient solution for orthodontic treatment, allowing individuals to straighten their teeth without the need for traditional braces. Made from clear, medical-grade plastic, these custom-fit aligners gradually shift teeth into proper alignment, providing a comfortable and virtually invisible treatment option.

Perfect Your Smile at Kenworthy Orthodontics

Our team would love the opportunity to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. We have options to suit any age and lifestyle. We also offer in-house clear aligners for those who want a boost of confidence while they straighten their teeth. Get started with a consult today!