Braces are the foundation of orthodontic treatment for most patients. Used to move teeth into their ideal positions for the patient, braces work by putting continuous pressure on the teeth for months or years. We offer several types of braces, including traditional metal braces and a variety of other options offering extra features. Below is more about the types of braces available and what they provide.
Traditional metal braces use metal brackets, which are bonded to the teeth, and metal wires that are threaded through the brackets. These braces are versatile and affordable, but they are not discreet. Self-ligating braces are a newer version, with brackets that hold wires in place without rubber bands. This option makes treatment faster and more comfortable.
Ceramic and Lingual Orthodontics
Both of these are like metal braces in terms of their basic form. However, ceramic and lingual braces have different materials and placement. Ceramic braces, as their name suggests, use ceramic brackets, which are colored like teeth to make them less noticeable. Lingual braces are even more discreet because they are hidden on the backs of the teeth.
Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth, as opposed to being bonded in place. This treatment offers the best discretion of all options, and is also known for its comfort and fast treatment speed. Most patients finish Invisalign in just twelve to fifteen months rather than the twenty-four normally associated with metal braces.