Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Valley Orthodontic Group provides our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces and invisible aligners are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces 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

Despite the numerous long-term benefits, dental braces are something that many people of all ages balk at even in today’s times. And when it comes to adult and teen patients in particular, one of the top-cited reasons for not getting braces is their perceived unsightly appearance. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Clear ceramic braces are a viable alternative for many patients.

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 (Pitts and Damon)

Advances in metal technology have allowed for the creation of a new style of brace utilizing metal clips and not the traditional color circles. They have advantages in practically all situations and are quite comfortable.

They are utilized in creating the “Smile Arc” so desirable in esthetic orthodontics.

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