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.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with 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.
Self-ligating brackets utilize sliding-door technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are used with self-ligating brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, they often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed. We offer both In-Ovation and Damon series of self-ligating brackets
We can gradually move teeth into perfect position using a series of clear overlay templates called aligners, that have been generated by computer simulation. This system is available to patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for clear aligners. Our aligner choices include Invisalign and Simpli5.
Lingual braces are placed behind the upper and/or lower teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing effect. Because the brackets and archwire are actually placed at the back of your teeth, they are virtually undetectable, allowing you to retain your normal appearance for the duration of your treatment. Your doctor took courses specializing in the placement of these braces. They are custom made for your maxillofacial structure. While some patients note problems with speech initially, such problems generally disappear within a few weeks and with practice.