Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, patients have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a unique, personalized, colorful smile.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. They are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible. Although less visually prominent, ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. They require more attention to oral hygiene and since they fracture more easily, and they also require complete compliance with orthodontic food restrictions.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign®)
Invisalign® is a series of invisible, removable aligners. The aligners move teeth into straighter positions until you have a more beautiful smile. Unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed when you eat and brush your teeth. Each set of trays are worn for about 2 weeks and are removed only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each tray with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.
We are a Certified Invisalign Provider
Consider Invisalign treatment to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces. A complimentary consultation with our doctor can determine if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and have been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.
Why would I want Invisalign?
Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How does Invisalign work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
For more information on Invisalign, you can visit the Invisalign website.