Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional silver braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, silver braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With silver braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. There are also colors which blend into the silver braces if less color is desired.
Iconix braces are made of a material that makes them a champagne color that is more esthetic than silver braces. For this reason, Iconix braces are used patients who have cosmetic concerns. They offer the same effectiveness, efficiency and quality as the silver braces.
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 more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
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 friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic 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, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.