Types of Braces

Metal Braces

There are various types of metal braces. Most are made of high-grade, surgical, stainless steel. Today's braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

As a alternative, we use chrome-cobalt alloy braces as well. These do not have nickel properties found in stainless steel brackets. Thus, avoiding problems for those with nickel allergies. These are also stronger than the stainless steel brackets.

If you want colors, these are the brackets for you.

Damon® Brackets

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.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. When we can, we give the patient tooth colored wires and ties that do not stain. Ceramic Brackets do not stain. However, on rare occasions we must use a clear tie that may stain. Instructions are give for what foods to avoid.

Gold Braces

Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24-karat gold and are popular with patients of all ages.

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. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the upper and/or lower teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing effect. Because the brackets and archwire are actually placed at the back of your teeth, they are virtually undetectable, allowing you to retain your normal appearance for the duration of your treatment.

Your doctor took courses specializing in the placement of these braces. They are custom made for your maxillofacial structure. While some patients note problems with speech initially, such problems generally disappear within a few weeks and with practice.