Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are also smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, and with the combination of archwires, they help straighten your teeth. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more personalized, fun and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear or tooth-colored material and are therefore less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on patients who have cosmetic concerns. However, ceramic braces tend to be more brittle than their metal counterparts and are mostly used on upper front teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable 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 is a breeze. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause irritation during treatment.