Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, but they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. As an added bonus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. Plus, the aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used in orthodontics and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorfully-fun smile.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more often on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.