They are made from high grade stainless steel and are the most commonly used type of braces. Metal braces are popular with teenagers and young adults because of the different colored modules used to tie the wire onto the braces.
Ceramic braces utilize less noticeable brackets for patients concerned about the appearance of their smile. Ceramic brackets are translucent, so they blend in with your natural tooth color. This means that, unlike traditional stainless metal braces, ceramic braces won’t make your smile look “metallic.” In addition, ceramic braces are designed so that they won’t stain or discolor over long periods of time.
Lingual braces are ideal for those who want the effects of braces, but are apprehensive about showing a mouthful of orthodontic work to the world. Lingual braces sit on the back of your teeth—making them completely invisible from the front. Lingual braces are an ideal option for adult orthodontic patients. Because the bottom teeth are generally less visible anyway, a popular combination is to have lingual braces on the top teeth and clear braces on the bottom.
Self-ligating braces are “low friction” bracket systems and hence are less painful and move teeth faster than conventional braces. It can reduce the need for extractions and also the number of visits and overall treatment time. Popular brands include Damon, Smart-clip and Innovation which are all available at our clinic.
Invisalign is an invisible way to straighten teeth without wires and brackets. The Invisalign system uses a series of custom made clear aligners to more teeth gradually over time. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift teeth into place. Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that is switched every two weeks.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can be removed during brushing, eating and drinking. Brushing will no longer be a problem. Without wires or brackets the custom made aligners are comfortable and will not irritate your cheeks, gums or tongue.
The aligners are made with a clear plastic and are virtually invisible so no one will know you are straightening your teeth unless you tell them.