Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Affiliated Orthodontics can provide our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances such as Invisalign for patients who are self-conscious about wearing braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

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Invisible Braces

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. No one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it’s invisible! 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.

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Lingual Braces

Affiliated Orthodontics offers lingual braces by INBRACE. Placed behind your teeth, INBRACE is a quicker, more comfortable and more discreet treatment experience.  INBRACE’s  “smartwires”  are customized to fit your teeth and mouth. They minimize the tooth movement required to achieve your smile, this efficiency can reduce treatment time with less discomfort. Plus, brushing and flossing with INBRACE is easier compared to traditional braces. Contact Affiliated Orthodontics to learn more about INBRACE lingual braces.