Types of Braces

Valley Orthodontic Group provides our patients with more options while wearing braces than ever before thanks to advances in orthodontic technology.  Even though traditional metal braces are still the most commonly used, invisible aligners and clear braces are becoming more and more popular.  Removable appliances used for mild cases of misaligned teeth are becoming increasingly popular as well.

Continue reading below or feel free to ask us any questions about the types of braces we offer at our practice.  We highly suggest speaking with Dr. Grob when you are ready for braces to determine which appliance is right for you .

Traditional Metal Braces
As mentioned above, traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces.   They are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before.  Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, and they straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.  You have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a fun, colorful smile with this kind of braces.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are less visible on your teeth than metal braces because they are made of clear materials.  Some teenagers and adults prefer ceramic braces because of aesthetic concerns.  While they are less visible, they will require extra hygienic attention because food and plaque will easily show if not removed often.  Colored elastics are also available on ceramic braces for a bright, unique look!

Invisible Aligners
Clear appliances use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to gradually straighten teeth.  Invisalign is the most commonly used type.  No one will be able to tell that you’re wearing aligners because they are almost completely invisible!  They are also removable (like a mouthguard) so you can eat and drink what you want while using aligners!  Brushing and flossing are less of a hassle as well; you don’t have to do anything different!  Since there isn’t any metal to cause mouth abrasions, invisible aligners are very comfortable, too.

Self Ligating Appliances (Damon and Empower)
Advances in metal technology have provided grounds for a new style of braces utilizing metal clips instead of the traditional colored circles.  These are called self ligating appliances.  They help with situations involving severe tooth crowding and are quite comfortable as well.

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