Types of Braces
Orthodontic braces come in a variety of different types, and the best braces for your teeth will depend on several factors. Our orthodontic doctor Dr. Alena Spielberg will be able to recommend the right braces after the initial examination is complete. Here are some of the most common types of braces:
Metal braces are the most common type of braces for your teeth. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than they were previously.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Clear Damon® braces were invented by Dr. Dwight Damon. The Damon® bracket utilizes (sliding-door) technology known as “self-ligation” that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are used with Damon® brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, clear Damon® braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.