Braces use constant, gentle pressure, applied to your teeth over time, to move them into proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. While braces are available in a variety of styles, including metal, plastic and ceramic, they all have the same goal: To correctly align your teeth and jaws for enhanced aesthetic appeal and for better oral health. Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are popular with children and teens, and are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Traditional metal braces feature two main components: the brackets that are placed on each tooth and the arch wire that is threaded through them. As the wire applies pressure to one side of the tooth, the jawbone on the other side gives way. This causes the tooth to move and new bone to grow behind it. Elastics (rubber bands) are used in conjunction with braces, exerting a constant force to move teeth. Elastics must be worn at all times and changed every day in order to maintain the proper force.

Lingual Braces

The lingual braces work just like traditional metal braces, but are placed behind the teeth instead of the front. This allows them to be completely hidden, so no one knows you're wearing them. Usually, anyone who can have traditional metal braces is also a good candidate for lingual braces.

Aesthetic Braces

Aesthetic braces are a popular choice for adults and teens who would like a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces.

Aesthetic braces are a practical alternative to traditional braces, offering the same benefits that improve a smile without the strong appearance of metal.

Just like traditional braces, aesthetic braces have two important components: First, each ceramic brace is attached to each tooth. Next, we adjust a wire to the color of the tooth through the arms. Braces can be made from a variety of ceramic and composite materials, but you will usually hear them referred to as "aesthetic".

NoteBecause these materials are more fragile and sensitive than metals, a lighter force is used on your teeth during treatment, which can lead to a little longer treatment time.