Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Metal braces give you the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Damon® System Braces
Damon® braces were invented by Dr. Dwight Damon. The Damon® bracket utilizes "sliding-door" technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket.
No elastic or steel ties are used with Damon® brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, Damon® braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.
To learn more, visit the Damon® System website.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile.
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.
Lingual braces are also custom-fit for your teeth and treatment plan. While the fronts of your teeth are fairly consistent, the back side of each tooth has its own distinctive shape. Thus, each bracket must be manufactured for each individual patient.
You can receive the dramatic results of orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing, as the braces are virtually invisible. Ask us if lingual braces are right for you.
Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances: 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. The aligners are removable which allows you to brush and floss your teeth easily, and eat and drink what you want while in treatment. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.