Our team will review the types of braces and which is best for you at your initial consultation, but we have included a reference guide below for your convenience on the main differences between each.
Traditional Metal Braces
- The most common type of braces
- Made of high-grade stainless steel
- 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.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
- Made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces.
- 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.
Modern technology allows your orthodontist to use a special process and materials to glue the braces right to the surface of the teeth. We don’t have to remove any part of the tooth or drill holes in the tooth to do this they stick right to the outside of the tooth! This process usually takes about 15-45 minutes depending on how many teeth are receiving braces.
- PREPPING: Using this tooth conditioner, we prepare each tooth that’s going to have a brace on it for the glue. This allows everything to stick to the right places!
- DRYING: Braces won’t stick to wet teeth, so after we condition the teeth, we have to get them dry in order for the process to go smoothly.
- APPLYING: We use a special light to make the orthodontic glue hard so the braces are fixed in place.