Different Types of Braces

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you’ll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch-wires. Our metal brackets are made of titanium and reduce the possibility of experiencing metal sensitivity. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

CERAMIC BRACES

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on patients who have cosmetic concerns. Some of our younger patients choose clear braces becuase the colored elastics show even better than the metal braces.

"INVISIBLE" BRACES

Clear appliances (such as Invisalign) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! 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. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

LINGUAL BRACES (TRULY INVISIBLE BRACES)

Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore invisible when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth, and therefore the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.

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