Types Of Braces

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Thanks to today’s technology, patients now have many options when it comes to wearing braces during orthodontic treatment. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular, as well as invisible removable aligners (Invisalign®) that can be worn by patients self-conscious about treatment.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating brackets are relatively new to orthodontics. These high-technology brackets have replaced the prior style of brackets that have colored rubber ties with an “openable gate” which is far more hygienic with less plaque retention than rubber ties. The way the gate engages the wire in each slot determines how the tooth moves. Depending on which manufacturer produces the bracket, the brackets have varying levels of interactivity-how tightly the bracket hugs the wire for tooth movement.

Self-ligating brackets such as Innovation, Damon, Empower, Smart Clip, as well as many others allow the orthodontist to choose the average three-dimensional position each tooth will occupy in the future. Once the teeth are generally aligned, the orthodontist hand-bends the final wires to the patient’s personal best bite position to get the final tooth position prescribed.

At Advanced Orthodontics, our orthodontists take technology to the level beyond the brackets. While still using self-ligating brackets, we replace hand-bent wires with robotically bent ones that are more accurate than a human can bend. The doctor prescribes this three-dimensional bite position to a robot for a series of personalized wires. Just like in the rest of medicine with microscopic surgeries, robots are the most accurate treatment assistants to doctors today. Read more at Suresmile.

Clear Ceramic Braces

These are the most popular type of braces today for teens and adults. Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. Our ceramic braces will not discolor as most ceramic braces do with certain foods and smoking. SureSmile digital diagnosis can also be used with these braces.

Wild Smile Braces

Kids in Interceptive Phase I treatment love this alternative to express themselves with unique shapes for their braces. Colored ties are included and can be changed at every adjustment for maximum accessorizing. SureSmile digital diagnosis can also be used with these braces.


Clear appliances (such as Invisalign®) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a challenge. The aligners are clear and comfortable.

Invisible Braces

Braces that are attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth are lingual braces.  They are truly the only type of appliance that you cannot see something attached to the teeth.  They are extremely effective when used in combination with SureSmile digital diagnosis.  No one will know you are wearing them.