Types Of Braces

Their are many ways to straighten teeth and it is important to understand the pros and cons of each treatment.  The following are various types of braces that we can use to give you a beautiful smile.  Not every form of treatment is for everyone.  Please call today for a complimentary consult to discuss the different types of braces. 

Self-Ligating Braces

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

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 archwire 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

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

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.

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