Types of Braces


Metal Braces

Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits; therefore, possibly increasing your overall treatment time.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are made of a durable plastic material, which effectively straighten your teeth without brackets and wires. This works by working your way through a series of aligners with each aligner moving the teeth a certain distance.  The aligners are customized for each patient, need to be worn approximately 22 hours a day, can be more comfortable than braces, and are removable so you can eat anything you want - no restrictions.  We currently offer Clear Correct as the aligner treatment of choice.  Request your appointment to learn if clear aligners are a treatment option for you.