Types of braces
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and allow a high degree of finishing for a more perfect result. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than ever before. Metal braces use colored elastic ties to hold the wire in. Many people enjoy choosing different colors at each visit to show off their smiles and coordinating with their favorite sports team or correspond with the different holidays throughout the year.
Ceramic braces are made of clear material. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. Although treatment is very similar with ceramic brackets, they can be more fragile and the clear elastic ties can darken 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.
Self-ligating brackets utilize sliding-door technology known as “self-ligation” to engage the wire into the bracket. No colored ties or wires ties are typically used.