Types of Braces

types of braces

We specialize and provide many different types of braces and treatment modalities to our patients, making it easy for every individual to have the best treatment option that fits their unique goals and needs.
Some of the different orthodontic treatments we provide include:

  • Invisalign (clear removable aligners)
  • Conventional metal braces
  • Self-ligating brackets (Damon and speed systems)
  • Lingual (inside) braces
  • Surgical (orthognathic)
  • Accelerated orthodontics (Acceledent and Propel)

We STRONGLY advise against the fast braces and 6-month braces techniques. These “treatments” are ineffective marketing hypes usually performed by a non-specialist dentist and can lead to serious damage to the teeth and gums. We only recommend and use the highest quality, clinically-proven best treatments for our patients. Investing in high quality braces and materials will lead to the best, fastest, healthiest results.

TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES

types of braces

Traditional braces, made from high-grade stainless steel, are the most common type of braces. They have progressed to become lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Metal brackets are attached to the teeth using orthodontic cement and are linked together by archwire. Tiny elastic ties are used to keep the archwire in place and can be silver or colorful. As our patient, you have the option of customizing your traditional braces by adding colored elastic ties.

SELF-LIGATING BRACES (DAMON OR SPEED SYSTEM)

types of braces

Self-ligating braces can be metal or clear and typically look similar to traditional braces. These braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to secure the archwire in place and reduce the friction and force applied onto teeth. With self-ligating braces, tooth movement can be faster and may require fewer adjustment appointments.

CLEAR (CERAMIC) BRACES

types of braces

Ceramic braces function in the same way as traditional metal braces except they are clear, making them less visible. These braces are great for adults or older teenagers who have cosmetic concerns regarding braces. However, they require a higher level of oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more fragile than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are primarily used on the visible upper front teeth rather than on lower teeth.

CLEAR ALIGNERS

types of braces

Clear aligners are invisible trays resembling mouthguards that act as braces to straighten your teeth. These aligners are custom-made, comfortable acrylic trays that can be removed at any time, allowing you to eat and drink what you want while working towards a better smile. Being able to remove the aligners makes it easy to brush and floss your teeth. Another benefit to clear aligners is that they will not cause mouth abrasions during treatment since they are not made of metal.

LINGUAL BRACES

types of braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth rather than in front, making them invisible to others when you smile. This makes them a great option for patients with cosmetic concerns regarding braces. The entire metal appliance and brackets are customized to match the shape of your teeth exactly. These braces are a great option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.

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