Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Metal braces allow patients an opportunity to customize their braces to their personal style using colored elastics (rubber bands).

Clear Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with older teenagers and adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a modern orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth through a series of custom-made, nearly invisible, plastic trays. These aligners are removable and are replaced every few weeks to gradually move teeth into their desired position. Ideal for adults and teens seeking a discreet alternative to traditional braces, clear aligners allow for easier cleaning and minimal impact on daily life, enabling patients to eat, brush, and floss normally. This innovative approach not only enhances cosmetic appeal but also improves dental health by aligning teeth for better oral hygiene.