Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

 

ICONIX® Aesthetic Braces

self-ligating braces

American Orthodontics Iconix braces are stainless steel champagne-colored brackets that offer the aesthetics of “rose” gold. Due to their champagne color, they allow for more translucency of the enamel, resulting in a whiter smile! Iconix braces are just as durable and effective as traditional stainless steel metal braces, and they do not require special maintenance or any extra work on your part. They offer an excellent alternative for patients who prefer the elegant look of “rose” gold, as well as patients with nickel sensitivity.

 

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear 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 tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

 

Clear Aligners

invisalign

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

 

 

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