Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional Metal Braces are the most common type of appliances and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of surgical-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using orthodontic archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. Self-ligating braces are also available, which do not require colored elastics.
Cosmetic Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are made of a clear ceramic (porcelain) material, and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene. Ceramic braces are made from a harder material than their metallic counterparts, and are actually harder than tooth enamel. For these reasons, ceramic braces are used primarily on upper front teeth.
Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances – Invisalign®
Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten you teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it is hard to detect! Not only are the aligners not visible, 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. Contact our office for a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen.
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