What types of braces are available? Technology has come a long way and we have all kinds of braces ranging from traditional metal to invisible and hidden braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
- Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
- Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Invisible or Clear Braces
- Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten you teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it’s invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.
Lingual Braces (Hidden Braces)
In-Ovation LMTM (Lingual Braces)
- Now with lingual braces, you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted without lengthy treatment times, expensive cosmetic dentistry or coping with an altered appearance during treatment. In-Ovation LMTM (lingual minor tooth movement) brackets are placed behind your teeth for ultimate invisibility. Lingual braces address the six upper and six lower front teeth that are revealed when you smile. Without visible braces or removable trays, you can eat, speak, laugh and smile without anyone ever seeing your style of orthodontic treatment. Your smile will be improved quickly, typically in 12 to 24 weeks with lingual braces. The MTM no trace system are also small and comfortable to wear, undetectable and result in fewer office appointments with faster results.