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Types of Braces

There are many ways to straighten teeth and it is important to understand the pros and cons of each treatment. The following are the various types of braces that we use to give you a beautiful smile.  Not every form of treatment is for everyone.

Self-Ligating Braces

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Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. This new technology uses integrated clips to hold arch wires in place which allow us to make quick and easy wire adjustments.  Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

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Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected to an arch-wire which helps to guide the teeth into the correct positions.  With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

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Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal 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.

Invisalign or Clear Aligners

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Clear aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces that use a system of clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation and ask us about clear aligner therapy.

Food & Braces


What can I eat with braces?

If you break your braces' brackets off, your treatment could last longer than planned. To prevent breaking off brackets, you'll need to avoid foods that are hard and sticky. Don't worry, there's still plenty of food that you can eat. If you have any questions, please reach out!


Why Hillam Orthodontics?

Board-certified Orthodontists
Offices in Idaho Falls, Driggs, & Afton
3 generations of doctors practicing since 1966

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