There are more treatment options than ever before. From standard metal braces to self-ligating braces to clear aligners, the options are as individual as our patients.

Standard metal braces are still used today for one important reason – they are incredibly efficient. Because of that, they are still the most commonly used appliance today. Metal braces consist of brackets that are affixed to the teeth and a metal wire that is then attached to the brackets. This wire is what places the pressure on the teeth to guide them. Metal braces have become much sleeker than ever before, while still being one of the most reliable options.

Ceramic or clear braces work the same as metal braces, however, the brackets will be made of ceramic, tooth colored material rather than metal.

Lingual braces are metal braces, but rather than being placed on the front side of the teeth, they are placed along the back, or lingual side. This renders them almost completely invisible to others. Lingual braces are not the appropriate treatment option for all patients, and patients should be aware that they cost more and may take longer than other options.

Self-ligating braces are also metal braces that use brackets and wires, however, they are slightly different than standard metal braces. Self-ligating braces Use a clip or door to hold the archwire in place, rather than a tiny elastic. This in turn places less friction on the tooth, and requires fewer visits to the orthodontist during treatment. Self-ligating braces may offer a higher degree of comfort than traditional metal braces.

Invisalign clear aligner therapy consists of a series of clear plastic aligners, each perfectly calibrated to achieve a certain tooth movement. Because the aligners are clear, they are virtually invisible making treatment almost unnoticeable to others. The aligners are also removable, making it easy to brush, floss and enjoy your favorite foods. Each set of aligners is worn for 22 hours a day for approximately two weeks before switching to the next.

Your orthodontist will help you determine which treatment is right for you.