Types of Braces
Self-Ligating Braces offer several benefits for patients. They use a self-ligation technique which requires lighter wires and lower-friction brackets to move teeth, resulting in faster treatment times and greater patient comfort. Self-ligating braces make it easier to maintain good hygiene because they are easier to keep clean. This contributes to greater health, happiness and physical attractiveness for the duration of treatment.
Lingual Braces are placed behind the upper and/or lower teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing effect. Because the brackets and archwire are actually placed behind your teeth, they are virtually undetectable, allowing you to retain your normal appearance for the duration of treatment.
Clear Ceramic Braces are made of translucent material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
The Invisalign® system is a series of clear overlay templates – called aligners – that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.