Types of Braces
Traditional 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.
LightForce Custom 3D Braces
LightForce unites cutting-edge 3D printing technology with the latest in digital treatment planning. For the first time ever orthodontist can provide braces that are 100% customized for each individual patient. Your LightForce brackets fit your teeth perfectly and are literally programmed with the precise movements required to create your perfect smile.
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 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 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.
Lingual Orthodontics (Q-Tube Technique)
Lingual Q-Tube technique utilized modified micro tubes which are bonded and hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual Q-tubes are a perfect option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.