Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used by dentist. Metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands). These rubber bands although fun, have been shown to wear out quickly resulting in many office visits.
Self-ligating braces use a newer technology than traditional braces replacing the colors with a gate or clamp. By removing the use of the color ties, longer intervals between appointments can be scheduled resulting in fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear braces. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic or clear braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Clear braces can be worn by anyone at any age who has cosmetic concerns. Most people can't even notice you are wearing clear Damon braces.
Clear aligners like invisalign or invisaling teen are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable 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 are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore "invisible" when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.