Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and are more comfortable today than ever. 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.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Although they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are slightly larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, we only use ceramic braces on the upper teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. 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 contain no metal to cause mouth irritation during treatment. They do require full-time wear to be effective and should only be removed when eating or brushing your teeth.