Metal Braces    
 
Metal braces are the most common. They are made of high grade stainless steel. Today's braces are much smaller and more comfortable. Therefore they are much more attractive. Most of the patients like to dress up the braces with different color elastics that can be changed at each appointment. Multiple colors are available.
 
Damon Brackets
 
Damon braces were invented by an orthodontist, Dr. Dwight Damon. This type of bracket utilizes (sliding door) technology known as "self ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic of steel ties are needed for these types of braces. This creates less friction and can result in more comfort for the patient. In addition, Damon braces cuts down on the treatment time and the number of adjustments that need to be performed.
 
Ceramic Braces    
  Ceramic braces are a translucent tooth colored (clear) material. They are most popular with the adult patients. They are difficult to see on the teeth unless you are very close to the patient. The only draw backs to the bracket is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
 
Lingual Braces    
 
Lingual braces are ideal for those who want the effects of braces, but are apprehensive about showing a mouthful of orthodontic work to the world. Lingual braces sit on the back of your teeth—making them completely invisible from the front. Lingual braces are an ideal option for adult orthodontic patients. Unlike standard brackets, which are mass-produced, lingual braces require a custom- made bracket for each tooth. They can be worn on the top and bottom teeth. Because the bottom teeth are generally less visible, a popular combination is to have lingual braces on the top teeth and clear (ceramic or sapphire) braces on the bottom.
 
Invisalign    
 
The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of snap-on, custom fit, removable mouth trays, or aligners, that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, forcing them to shift. The process begins with a computer -generated image of what your teeth will look like at each stage of treatment, right up until the end. Align Technologies, the company that manufactures Invisalign, then designs and sends to your dentist a series of trays to gradually achieve this result. Each tray is designed to pressure specific teeth to move into place, beginning with the back teeth and finishing with the front. At the end of each two- week period, you will switch trays. Throughout the process, you will visit your dentist every six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Once your treatment is complete, you will likely wear a (clear) retainer to ensure your new smile stays in place.
Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic, so they are practically invisible when they are on your teeth. As well, because they are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking or brushing and flossing.
 
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