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Types of Braces and Retention

Types of Braces


Self-Ligating Metal Braces

Self-ligating brackets utilize (sliding-door) technology known as "self-ligation" that allow the wires to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are used with self-ligating brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, self-ligating braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.


The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.


Clear Retainers

A clear retainer is a transparent, removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, clear retainers have no wires. They are made of durable plastic material and are precisely customized for your teeth. Clear retainers can be used for other treatments as well, including teeth whitening. They are inexpensive and easy to wear. Clear retainers should be cleaned each day using a denture cleaner or toothbrush and water. Never place them in boiling or hot water.