Metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel. These are the most common type of braces used today. The braces are bonded to the front surfaces of each tooth and are connected to the arch wire, which helps move the teeth into the correct position. Metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than from the past generations. Patients can customize their metal braces with a dazzling selection of colored elastic ties that hold the hold the arch wire into the braces!
Clear braces move teeth just as well as traditional metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are more esthetic and less noticeable. They are more popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. A minor drawback to clear brackets is that the elastic ties can slightly discolor between orthodontic visits.
Clear aligners are made of translucent durable acrylic material. They can effectively straighten some malocclusions without brackets and wires. Clear aligners are customized for each individual after state of the art digit intra-oral scanned impressions. They require almost full-time wear and brushing after eating is most important. Ask us if clear aligners are a viable treatment option for you.