Types of Braces
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning less frequent appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized door in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The door helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace. Our office is proud to offer DAMON™ SMILE self-ligating brackets.
Clear (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 only used on upper front teeth.
Invisalign® Clear aligners are a series of removable, and comfortable trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. This also makes brushing and flossing less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.