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 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 larger and 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.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over your teeth. Aligners are custom made and are changed every few weeks to gradually move teeth into the desired position. They are virtually invisable and are equivalent to the cost of traditional braces. They can be removed for brushing and flossing. Therefore, it's easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.