TYPES OF BRACES
TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES
Metal braces, the most prevalent type, are now more comfortable than ever. Comprised of high-quality stainless steel, they utilize metal brackets and archwires to align your teeth. Adding colored elastics (rubber bands) to metal braces offers the opportunity for a personalized and vibrant smile.
CLEAR (CERAMIC) BRACES
Ceramic braces, constructed from clear materials, offer a less visible alternative to metal braces, making them popular among older teenagers and adult patients with cosmetic concerns. While they are aesthetically appealing, it's important to note that ceramic braces require meticulous oral hygiene care. They are slightly larger and more fragile than metal braces. Consequently, ceramic braces are commonly applied to the upper front teeth rather than the lower teeth. Your orthodontist will provide guidance on the best treatment option for your specific needs and preferences.
Clear aligners consist of a series of comfortable, removable acrylic trays that work to straighten your teeth, similar to braces. The aligners are virtually invisible, allowing for a more discreet treatment experience. Their removability enables you to enjoy your favorite foods and simplifies brushing and flossing compared to traditional braces. Moreover, the aligners are designed to be comfortable, without any metal components that may cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Lingual braces, placed behind the teeth, remain completely concealed when you smile, making them "invisible" to others. These braces are fully customized to match the shape of your teeth, with metal appliances designed uniquely for you. Lingual braces are particularly suitable for individuals such as athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals seeking a discreet orthodontic option.