Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are what most people picture when they think of braces. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and straighten your teeth using a series of metal brackets and archwires. You can customize the look of these braces by adding colored elastics (tiny rubber bands). They come in a rainbow of colors and can be changed as often as each visit.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional metal braces. Both are made from the same material and use brackets and wires to move your teeth into proper alignment. However, the Damon Smile® System uses brackets that are one-third the size of traditional braces. The archwires are held in place by tiny clips instead of elastics, which places less pressure on your teeth. Since there are no elastics to replace, that means fewer adjustments and appointments.
Made of clear or tooth-colored material, ceramic braces are less visible than traditional 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. The brackets are larger and are more brittle than metal. For these reasons, ceramic braces are typically used on the upper teeth only.
The ultimate in “barely there” braces, Invisalign® clear aligners straighten your teeth without the use of any brackets or wires. Instead, a series of flexible, comfortable, nearly invisible aligner trays gently and progressively move your teeth into position over time. The aligners are also removable, so cleaning them is easy. You can also brush and floss normally. Best of all, you can continue to eat your favorite foods throughout your treatment.
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