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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.

Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces (including Damon brand) are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic ties (ligatures) which stretch out and collect plaque. A special "clip" holds the archwire in place instead of elastic ties. This allows us to have longer intervals between appointments and they are easier to keep clean. The self-ligating feature can come with traditional metal or clear (ceramic) brackets.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Mainly older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns choose these type. While they are visually less noticeable, more attention to oral hygiene is required because plaque and food debris stands out more. Ceramic braces are slightly larger and are more breakable than their metal counterparts. We tend to recommend they be used only on the upper front teeth.


Clear Aligners

Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, like Invisalign, uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners almost invisible, you can take them out to eat and drink what you want, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. Each set (usually somewhere between 10 to 30 sets) needs to be worn about 20 to 22 hours per day for 2 weeks. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause allergic reaction or mouth abrasions during treatment.