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Types of Braces and Appliances

Types of Appliances

Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

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.

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 are used on upper front teeth and not on the lower teeth.

Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances


Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. That means you can continue doing all the things you would from brushing and flossing to eating whatever you like. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.