Types of Braces for Teeth
Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
The Innovation appliance by GAC is a unique, self-ligating, passive bracket system that uses a specially-designed clip in the bracket to hold the archwire in place. This technology creates less friction and results in greater patient comfort. In addition, Innovation brackets often reduce treatment time, chair time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.
Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Invisalign® and 3M Clarity Clear Aligners
The Invisalign System and 3M Clarity Aligners are both 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 clear aligner therapy.