types of braces

Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

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 elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear 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


Now you can straighten your teeth without braces using a series of clear, custom-made aligners. Invisalign® aligners are removable and virtually invisible which means:

  • You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing;
  • You can still eat and drink what you want;
  • You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth;
  • There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

Orthodontics using clear aligners is not for everyone and its application will depend on your particular situation. Call today for your free evaluation.

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