Types of Braces

Braces are fixed appliances usually worn in treatment by a large number of orthodontic patients. It usually comes in silvery-metal type most of the time. However, in recent times traditional-looking metal braces are no longer as popular as they were. Now there are more options available in orthodontic appliances for patients.

But we need to establish the difference between removable appliances and fixed appliances. Fixed appliances are usually joined to the teeth by special cement or metal bands. Until treatment is complete, they are usually not taken off. While the removable appliances are usually worn for about 22 hours in a day.  A typical example of Removable appliances is clear aligners; these appliances can be easily removed when needed. Mild to moderate orthodontic problems can easily be corrected with clear aligners. But for a more comprehensive treatment, fixed appliances are usually recommended.


Metal Braces

These braces are made from high-grade stainless steel. It is the most popular type of fixed orthodontic appliances. it features a  smaller metal brackets are cemented to the front surfaces of the other teeth and the metal band is wrapped around the molars in back.  The tooth is guided into a proper position, by a thin, springy metal wire, running through the brackets. There are different clasps that help hold the archwire into place. The type of clasps includes metal ties, flexible elastics, and so on.

Time-tested metal braces still retain its popularity because they offer an effective, economical and reliable treatment option. Braces of today are now lighter, smaller, and more comfortable to wear unlike traditional appliances. You now have the ability to choose colorful elastics for the brackets, or other modifications, if you want a less traditional look.


Ceramic Braces

New variation on the traditional system is the clear ceramic braces; they provide a far less obvious method of treatment. The brackets found on the ceramic braces on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth's natural color and it also has the same components as traditional braces. Most popular celebrities and adults use this system because they are not obvious and they are difficult to notice.

Ceramic braces come in several types, due to the improvement in technology. Although, the improvements are appealing but there are a few tradeoffs. Compared to their metal counterparts, the ceramic brackets are less durable and their elastic bands that attach them to the arch wire can easily get stained but these are usually changed each month. They also cost more than metal appliance but its benefits outweigh the cost of buying them.


First, your Board Certified Orthodontist will you the NO YUCK  iTero Element® scanner.  This allows us to take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you.  Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack® created exclusively for Invisalign treatment and moves teeth faster. Invisalign clear aligners are FDA-approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. They are thin, clear, and fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible.