Traditional Metal Braces

metalFor many years, traditional metal braces have been the standard among orthodontic patients. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than they were in generations past.

Traditional braces are made of exceptionally strong stainless steel. They are connected by wire and require periodic tightening (“adjustments”) to gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw.

  • Least expensive type
  • Faster treatment
  • Colored bands for making a fashion statement


  • Most noticeable type
  • Several food restrictions




invisalignInvisalign® uses a custom-made series of 18-30 aligner trays created just for you. These trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just use a new set of aligners about every two weeks until your treatment is complete.

  • Almost invisible
  • No restrictions on food or beverages


  • Will not work for complex dental problems
  • Available for adults and teens, not children
  • More expensive option
  • Trays can be easily lost and costly to replace
  • Treatment may potentially take longer



Ceramic “Clear” Braces

ceramicCeramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces. The big difference is the appearance. The brackets are made from a glass-like composite material that appears translucent. The ligatures (rubber bands) are often white or clear. Even the metal arch can be tooth-colored. These braces are typically good for high school age patients and adults.

  • Less noticeable than metal braces
  • Faster treatment than Invisalign®


  • More expensive than metal braces
  • Brackets can stain easily


Self-Ligating Braces

Standard braces use rubber bands to hold the wire onto your braces. A new state-of-the-art system uses a unique clip to hold the wire in place. These braces require fewer appointments for adjustments throughout your treatment.

  • Faster treatment
  • More comfortable fit
  • Easier to maintain
  • Fewer appointments


  • More expensive than metal braces


Incognito™ Braces

incognitoIncognito braces are the latest technology in orthodontics. They are placed on the tongue side of the teeth so they are completely invisible.


  • Virtually invisible from the front
  • Fast treatment


  • More expensive than other treatments
  • Available for adults and high school age patients, not children