Types of Braces

Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

metal braces

Metal braces are the most common orthodontic appliance, but today’s braces aren’t like those of old. Today’s braces are more comfortable and more efficient than ever before. Wired Orthodontics’ metal braces are made of high grade stainless steel brackets and archwires that will gently guide teeth into their ideal locations. Metal braces allow patients to customize their treatment through the use of of colored elastics, allowing each patient to cater their treatment to their style.

Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are similar to standard metal braces, however, they do not require the use of elastics. Instead, these braces utilize a special clip that holds the archwire in place as it guides teeth to their new locations. The use of the clip instead of elastics means there is less pressure and friction placed on the tooth. Patients also require fewer appointments because there are no elastics to change out at check-ups.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear braces

Ceramic braces function as metal braces do, but are made of more aesthetically pleasing materials to make them less visible. They are used for older teenage patients and adults who are concerned about cosmetics while in treatment. Ceramic braces aren’t as strong as metal braces, and are typically only used on the upper front teeth. Ceramic braces also require a more dedicated approach to oral hygiene as they are larger, more prone to breaking, and can stain.

Clear Aligners

invisalign

Clear aligners straighten teeth just like standard braces, but are virtually invisible and completely removable. They consist of a series of comfortable acrylic trays that are changed out approximately every two weeks during treatment. Because they are removable, patients don’t have to alter their diets during treatment, and brushing and flossing are as easy as ever. The smooth, clear aligners won’t cause irritations to the inside of the mouth or tongue.