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.
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 Invisalign®.
Clarity™ braces feature a comfortable design with a translucent appearance. Many patients enjoy the combination of ceramic and metal because it is simultaneously attractive and sturdy. In fact, these braces are so sturdy that many doctors will recommend them to their patients who play sports. Patients are allowed to engage in most everyday activities without fear of delaying or impeding their progress.
Also, because they have a semi-transparent color that will not stain, patients can proceed with necessary orthodontic treatment without having to feel self-conscious. In addition, Clarity™ braces’ smooth, rounded shape allows for greater patient comfort.
These features are designed for patients regardless of age. If you have questions about Clarity™, consult your orthodontist.
The Victory Series is an orthodontic appliance system that is composed of brackets, buccal tubes, bands and a bonding base – in short, all of the basic components of braces. What makes the Victory Series popular with patients is that the brackets and tubes come with a pre-applied, light-sensitive adhesive that enables patients to have controlled, efficient bonding with less waste, trouble, and time. The brackets are also color-coded to help your doctor quickly and effectively treat each tooth individually.
In addition, because the bonding pads curve to match the shape of the tooth, they can provide more exact, efficient results.
The brackets are available in miniature, “low profile,” “vertical slot” or gold plating to meet each patient’s specific needs.