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Types of Braces
Thanks to today’s technology, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces and lingual braces (or inside braces) are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.
Please use this page to learn more about the types of braces we offer at our office and speak with your orthodontist to determine which appliance is right for you.
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 minor orthodontic problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
Damon braces were invented by Dr. Dwight Damon. The Damon bracket utilizes (sliding-door) technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket.
No elastic or steel ties are used with Damon brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, Damon braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.
Having braces doesn’t mean they have to be noticeable. Our office specializes in lingual braces, which attach to the lingual, or tongue, side of your teeth. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about the aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.
Hear from a few past KWC patients about their experiences with lingual braces.
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Self-ligating brackets utilize sliding-door technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket.
No elastic or steel ties are used with these brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, self-ligating brackets often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.
The Mini-Twin bracket needs fewer archwires over the course of treatment than standard brackets, which increases the overall comfort for the patient. Many patients enjoy its smaller, more compact size, which enables it to be less noticeable, but not less effective. While its profile is up to 30 percent smaller than its competition, it maintains the standard size for its bracket slots, which enable it to maintain the stability and control so important to the treatment process.