Braces are braces, right? That used to be the case, but not anymore. Now, there are many types of braces. Here are the ones we can offer you.
Traditional Metal Braces
These braces are the most common type of braces used. While we call them traditional, they have actually seen many improvements over the years. Now they are more attractive, more comfortable, and more effective than versions of the past.
These braces look pretty similar to traditional metal braces, but they have a key difference: no elastics holding the archwire in place. This may seem like a small change, but it makes a big difference. These braces are smaller, lighter, less visible, and more effective than traditional braces.
These braces are made from either clear materials or tooth-colored ceramic. This makes them less visible than metal options. However, they are also more delicate. As such, we do not use them on people who play contact sports or younger patients, and they can only be placed on certain teeth.
Lingual braces go on the tongue side of the teeth rather than on the fronts. This means that even though they are made from metal, they are not visible to those around you. These braces must be custom made for each patient.
Unlike braces, clear aligners have no metal parts. Instead, they are composed of hard, medical-grade plastic. Teeth are moved because the shape of the aligners places force on specific teeth. These are fully invisible when worn.