Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are 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.
Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in many ways. They are made of stainless steel but are uniquely coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces, and the cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.
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 cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances
Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth, and no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it's invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Please visit our Invisalign page to learn more about it.
When seeking orthodontic treatment, the word “invisible” has rarely been used to describe braces. Until recently, the only two options for brackets, the main components of braces, were made from metal or cloudy ceramic material. Because tooth enamel varies in shade, translucency and color, cloudy ceramic braces may not blend perfectly with your teeth.
Radiance braces are different. They are made from pure sapphire, a material second only to diamonds for hardness, clarity, and brilliance. Radiance braces are crystal clear and virtually disappear on your teeth. Offering you the esthetics of a translucent jewel while ensuring the highest level of safety and reliability that your orthodontist demands, Radiance is a beautifully clear choice for orthodontic treatment.