Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastic rings that hold the wire in place for a more unique and colorful smile. We more than 30 colors, and generally patients get a combnation of 2 colors. These rings are changed at every visit, so patients can get different colors every visit, if they choose.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. However, Invisalign is limited in the amount amount and types of tooth movement that can be achieved with it, therefore, it is not suitable for all patients.