Types of Braces

Types of Braces


  • Introduction Introduction
  • Ceramic Braces Ceramic Braces
  • Invisalign® Invisalign®
  • Metal Braces Metal Braces
  • SureSmile® SureSmile®

With today's technology, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces, lingual braces and self-ligating braces are becoming increasingly popular along with clear appliances.

Please use the menu to learn more about the types of braces we offer, and speak with your orthodontist to determine which appliance is right for you.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic braces 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, or aligners, that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move teeth. This system is available to patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.

Metal Braces

The most common type, metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.


SureSmile state-of-the-art technology yields enhanced patient comfort, fewer trips to the office, and shorter treatment. Through 3-D imaging, SureSmile gives your orthodontist more control to precisely configure your treatment plan and customize your archwires. The Shape Memory alloy wires are more effective than traditional archwires used in conventional braces, allowing for less discomfort and an overall shorter treatment time.