Types of Braces

Metal Braces vs Ceramic Braces vs Invisible Braces

Metal Braces

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Traditional Metal Braces

The most common out of all types of braces, these traditional metal braces have been tweaked and changed to become even more comfortable today then they ever have been before. Made of high grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With these braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) that can provide a more unique and colorful smile.

Ceramic Braces

Made up of clear materials, Ceramic braces provide less visibility on your teeth than that of metal braces. Typically for older teenagers and adults with cosmetic concerns, ceramic braces provide less visibility however require more attention in oral hygiene.  The ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on the upper front teeth than on the lower teeth.

Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances

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Invisalign®

Using a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that straighten your teeth, Invisalign provides a cosmetically appealing look, and a convenient removable feature. Eating and drinking certain foods can be a hassle with other braces, but with Invisialign, simply remove them, and  eat and drink whatever you want. Just pop them back in after eating, drinking, flossing, or brushing. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal, decreasing the chance of mouth abrasions. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.

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Invisalign Teen

Unlike traditional metal braces, your Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. Click here to learn more about Invisalign Teen.

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