Types of Braces
These days there is a range of different types of braces available.
In addition to regular metal braces, there are also less visible braces.
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.
The Self-Ligating braces 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 these braces. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. in addition, Self-ligating braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. They are difficult to see on the teeth unless you are very close to the patient.
The only drawback to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24 karat gold and are popular with patients of all ages.
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 older patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.