Traditional 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 are made from the same materials as traditional braces. Self-ligating brackets have a slightly larger profile than metal braces, due to the use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Ceramic braces are used with patients who have cosmetic concerns, yet are also available with colored elastics. With clear ties they are visually less prominent, yet they do require more attention to oral hygiene.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. The aligners are tight when initially inserted and become more comfortable with extended wear. Aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, however, they require excellent wear to achieve the desired results.