The Different Types of Braces: Breaking Things Down

There are several ways to straighten your teeth!  Which one is right for you? We give you the facts and Dr. Dailey will direct you in what he feels is the very best treatment option for you.  Often times you will have choices and we can help you decide what is best for you based on your lifestyle! We want you to be successful in getting a healthy smile for a lifetime!

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces employ the best of orthodontic technology, each bracket has a built in door or clasp to hold and control the archwires, which are the source of pressure that bring your teeth into alignment and replace the ligatures (wire ties) or rubber ties of traditional braces.

The benefit of self-ligating brackets is that the wire is free to slide with less friction, which can mean faster treatment and fewer wire changes since each wire is able to perform longer between visits!  Self-ligating brackets are more aesthetically pleasing and hygienic as they are easier to keep clean and are very low profile as they are smaller than traditional braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional braces, often called twin brackets are a type of bracket that has a time-honored design.  Each bracket is constructed with four wings, two on the top of the bracket and 2 on the lower part of the bracket.  The bracket has a slot in which the archwire lays and a steel ligature tie or a rubber ring tie (these come in colors that the patient can choose at each visit) connects the wire into the bracket.  Traditional braces are larger than the self-ligating brackets but can be a good choice for younger patients as they are very durable.

Dr. Dailey will recommend the best bracket for your particular treatment needs.

Ceramic Braces

Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Some feel they are a less noticeable alternative to metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.  Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.

Dr. Dailey and the treatment coordinator will go over what you need to know about taking care of clear braces, such as possible discoloration with certain foods and drinks as well as taking extra special care while eating hard foods. 

We will make sure you make the best choice for you!