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Types of Braces

Metal braces

The most popular with kids and teenagers. They love changing the colors of ligature ties at their adjustment appointments. Today's metal braces are made of a high-grade stainless steel or titanium and are much smaller, comfortable and attractive than ever before.

Translucent (clear) ceramic braces

The most popular with adults due to their cosmetic appeal. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile.  Also, the clear elastic ligature ties may discolor between adjustment appointments.

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Self-ligating brace

Innovation® or Damon® bracket systems utilize sliding door technology that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. This technology creates less friction and results in faster and more comfortable movement of teeth for some cases. This technology will also provide greater patient comfort due to the reduced friction.

Invisalign®

A system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is nothing new. The latest technology utilizes a computer simulation program which can generate a series of aligners to gradually move the teeth. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.

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