Types of Braces

Types of Braces
Traditional Braces

While there are many drawbacks to traditional braces, such as needing to avoid certain foods, they are without a doubt the least expensive type of braces and do indeed get the job done.

Lingual Braces

Having braces doesn’t mean you have to have a “tin grin.” Our office also uses lingual braces, which attach to the lingual side (tongue side) of your teeth. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about the aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.

Our lingual braces are very low profile meaning they are very small and more comfortable to the tongue and soft tissue than some other types of lingual braces. Most patients adjust to these only after a few days of having them!

You can receive the dramatic results of orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing, as the braces are virtually invisible. While not all people are candidates for this type of treatment, ask us if lingual braces are right for you!

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Invisalign®

The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.  Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.

Retainer

A retainer is a teeth-straightening appliance that can be conveniently removed for eating and brushing purposes. For information on maintaining this appliance, please visit our Oral Hygiene page.

Lingual Braces

Having braces doesn’t mean you have to have a “tin grin.” Our office also uses lingual braces, which attach to the lingual side (tongue side) of your teeth. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about the aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.

Our lingual braces are very low profile meaning they are very small and more comfortable to the tongue and soft tissue than some other types of lingual braces. Most patients adjust to these only after a few days of having them!

You can receive the dramatic results of orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing, as the braces are virtually invisible. While not all people are candidates for this type of treatment, ask us if lingual braces are right for you!

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Invisalign®

The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.  Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.