Types of Braces


Thanks to today's technology, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. Maintaining your final orthodontic result depends exclusivly on your retainers, so please diligently follow our retention recommendations. The type of retainer we will use varies from patient to patient and depends on various factors, such as the original orthodontic problem and your oral hygiene. If you have a preference as to what type of retainer you would like, please let us know. Together we will determine which type of retainer is best for you.

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 braces is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Having braces doesn't mean you have to have a "tin grin". Our office also uses lingual braces, which also attach to the lingual, or tongue side of your teeth. Lingual braces are custom-fit for your teeth and treatment plan, and each bracket is manufactured for each individual patient. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.

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.

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