Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. The braces we use in our office are pre-adjusted appliances with built-in torque and root tip prescription, allowing a headstart in straightening the teeth as soon as the braces are put on.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The round edges feature a comfortable design. Ceramic brackets may be slightly more fragile and although the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits (due to food and drinks such as coffee, tea, or curry), we change these elastics at every adjustment appointment to give the braces a nice new colorless look.
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear trays that fit on the teeth — called aligners — that have been generated by 3-D computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to individuals with certain specific orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.