Types of Braces


Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Clear Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. 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.


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.


On certain occasions, invisible, removable aligners — such as Invisalign®, ClearCorrect or Simply 5 — are used. This is a treatment method that uses sequential clear plastic aligners. This method works fairly well for very simple problems. It should be noted, however, that aligners do not produce the degree of excellence that braces produce and often times it is necessary to finish the case using braces.