Types of Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and 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.
No elastic or steel ties are used with ceramic self-ligating brackets. This technology creates less friction and may result in greater comfort for the patient. They are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic self-ligating braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.
Incognito™ Orthodontic Braces are as unique as the people who wear them. Incognito™ Orthodontic Braces are 100% Customized. They are placed behind your teeth so no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them.Incognito orthodontic braces have the unique prescription that your orthodontist creates for you built-in to ensure you get the results that you want. With Incognito™ orthodontic braces you get efficient, effective tooth movement and great aesthetics. Most people who can be treated with regular braces can be treated with Incognito™ orthodontic braces, but only your orthodontist can tell you if they are the right treatment option for you.
Clear appliances (such as Invisalign®) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! 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. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.