Today's braces are more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Whether you choose metal or clear, braces are an amazing way to achieve a beautiful smile.
Types of Braces
MetalThese are the braces you picture when thinking about braces—well, sort of. Chances are what you are actually picturing are older versions of these braces, which were less comfortable and more obvious. Modern versions of these braces are more streamlined, more effective, and more comfortable.
CeramicCeramic braces are more fragile than other types, so they are not suitable for all patients. For those who make good candidates, they offer a less visible way of straightening teeth. The ceramic is translucent, allowing it to take on the color of your teeth and blend in better than traditional brackets.
LingualMost braces go on the front of your teeth, but lingual braces are placed on the backs. This makes them less visible—pretty much invisible—to the world around you. These braces must be custom made just for you, which does increase their price. But if you have significant orthodontic problems, these may be the best way to get the treatment you need while keeping it discreet.
InvisalignFor mild to moderate orthodontic problems, Invisalign is a great way to straighten your smile while keeping treatment discreet. This system uses aligners rather than braces. They are removable, comfortable, and convenient for patients.