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.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
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 more brittle than their metal counterparts. The ceramic materiel is often harder than tooth enamel. For these reasons, ceramic braces are only used on the upper front teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth. 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. Aligners are comfortable to wear and tend not to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.