Types of Braces

Types of Braces

There are several types of braces, explore the different options below.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are made of stainless steel and are the most common braces used to align teeth.  Steel ties or colored elastics are used to hold the wire in place.

Clear Braces

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Clear braces are made of ceramic or plastic and have the advantage of being more esthetic than metal braces.  Like metal braces, steel ties or clear elastics are used to hold the wires in place.

Self Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are braces that have a built-in clip to hold the wire in place.  The clip makes this type of bracket easier to clean.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are 100% customizable braces that glue onto the inside of the teeth.  They are a great alternative for people who want “invisible” braces but who have teeth that are too complicated to straighten with Invisalign®.

Invisalign® Braces

Invisalign® is a series of clear plastic aligners custom made to move teeth.  Each set of aligners is worn for 22 hours a day for two weeks before proceeding on to the next set.  The number of aligners required is determined by the complexity of the case.  Aligners are the least visible of all orthodontic appliances and have the advantage of being removable.

Functional Appliances

Functional appliance are used by themselves or with braces to modify a patient’s growth pattern.  There are various types of functional appliances that are worn for varying lengths of time depending upon a number of factors.

Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary Anchorage Devices are additional devices used in specific situations to make complex tooth movements more predictable.