What are my options?

Today's orthodontics offer more kinds of braces than ever before. Check out your options:


Metal braces/Traditional Braces

Traditional metal wired braces are stainless steel and ametal bracesre sometimes used in combination with titanium. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. These braces have a metal bracket with elastic (rubber band) ties holding the wire onto the metal brackets.


Ceramic Braces

“Clear” braces serve as a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces by blending in more with the natural colour of the teeth or having a less conspicuous or hidden appearance. Typically, these brackets are made of ceramic or plastic materials and function in a similar manner to traditional metal brackets. Clear elastic ties and white metal ties are available to be used with these clear braces to help keep the appliances less conspicuous.


Self Ligation Braces

The second most common type of braces are self-ligating braces that do not require the need of elastic ties. Instead, the wire goes through the bracket. Often with this type of braces, treatment time is reduced, there is less pain on the teeth, and fewer adjustments are required than with traditional braces.
Clear / Ceramic braces can also be self-ligating, meaning the wire clips into the bracket without the need for ligatures.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a cosmetic alternative in which custom-made braces are bonded to the back of the teeth making them externally invisible.
Lingual braces can also be self-ligating, meaning the wire clips into the bracket without the need for ligatures.


Invisalign Braces

Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want
Cons: Will not work for serious dental problems; only available for adults and teens, not children; more expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace; treatment may potentially take longer


Clear Aligners Braces

(examples of which are Invisalign, Originator, and Clear Correct) may be used to gradually move teeth into their final positions. Aligners are generally not used for complex orthodontic cases, such as when extractions, jaw surgery, or palate expansion are necessary. These braces are the most recent type of braces. The braces are hardly noticeable on the teeth and work to gradually move the teeth into their right position without the need for wires or tightening.