Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your "ideal" bite. In other words, it reflects the way we want you to look after treatment.
Different Types of Braces - Standard Metal Braces & Clear Braces
Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of ligature ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before. Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile.
Invisalign orthodontics uses a series of clear removable aligners. Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Your dentist changes the aligners about every 2 weeks, your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until you have reached the planned result. The aligners are worn continuously except when you eat and clean your teeth.
Invisalign is an invisible solution that will not draw undue attention to your mouth while in treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you are wearing them unless you tell them.