Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® clear aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces because they use a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets - they are as invisible as we can get! Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Most, but not all, cases can be treated with Invisalign® clear aligners these days.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces 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 colorful smile.
Clear braces are made of ceramic or plastic materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, clear braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns and cannot or choose not to be treated with clear aligners. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, clear braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.