Types of Braces
Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles.
Traditional metal braces are made of high quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
Brackets — Brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue that bonds them to the tooth surface and holds them in place.
Archwire — The archwire is the thin metal wire that connects each bracket and puts pressure on the teeth to help guide them into place.
Ligature Elastic (also known as the “rubber bands”) — Elastics, or rubber bands, are the colored ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist will change the elastics at each appointment. Elastics may come in a variety of colors.
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.
The SmartClip™ Self-Ligating Braces technology eliminates the need for rubber bands. Instead, an innovative clip system does the trick. That’s a big change for the better when it comes to your smile.
Small SmartClip braces move teeth more quickly
Smooth, contoured surfaces offer a more comfortable fit
Self-ligating design keeps orthodontist appointments to a minimum
Without rubber bands, braces are easier to keep clean
Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it’s 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.