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 "o" tie elastics for a more unique and colorful smile.
Gold braces are an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. They are stainless steel braces with a 24kt gold electoplated coating that is beautiful. Just like silver braces, you have the option of adding colored "o" ties and 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 more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth. In our practice, we use Tip-Edge Plus Cosmetic Braces which are the same size as our metal brackets.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. 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. We are extremely experienced with clear aligner treatment having treated over 400 patients since 1999 with cases published in the 2014 Invisalign Gallery publication. Therefore, in our practice, most patients are "candidates." Treatment time is typically 6-12 months faster than traditional braces.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore "invisible" when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.