Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Metal braces allow patients an opportunity to customize their braces to their personal style using colored elastics (rubber bands).
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with older teenagers and adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
Having braces doesn’t mean you have to have a “tin grin.” Our office also uses lingual braces, which attach to the lingual, or tongue, side of your teeth. Lingual braces are 100% custom-fit for your teeth and treatment plan, and each bracket is manufactured for each individual patient. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about the aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.