Metal braces are still the most common appliance used by orthodontists today. They are made of surgical grade stainless steel and consist of small brackets that are bonded to the surfaces of the teeth. Arch wires pass through the brackets and apply gentle but continuous pressure to gradually shift the teeth into the desired positions. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than metal braces of the past.
Patients who prefer a less visible appliance may choose ceramic (clear) braces. While slightly larger and more fragile than metal brackets, the high-quality ceramic brackets blend in naturally with your teeth. As with metal braces, an archwire passes through the ceramic brackets and provides a gentle but continuous supply of pressure to gradually move the teeth into the desired positions. Ceramic brackets are most popular with our adult patients.
Clear Aligners (“Invisible Braces”)
Older teens and adult patients who wish to avoid traditional brackets and wires often qualify for clear, cosmetic aligners. Fabricated by Invisalign®, clear aligners are designed to fit comfortably and discreetly over the teeth, gently and gradually guiding misaligned teeth into straighter positions. The aligners can be temporarily removed for eating and drinking and for efficient brushing and flossing.