Types of Braces

self-ligating brackets: You may have heard of “speed braces.” These are sometimes also referred to as “self-ligating brackets” or “Damon Brackets: Self Ligating Braces are brackets that do not need the elastic bands to hold the wire to the brackets. Instead, each bracket has a sliding door locking system to hold the wire. The brackets allow the wire to slide back and forth with fewer adjustments therefore; it needs fewer appointments, Instead of visiting Dr. every four weeks, as with conventional metal braces, you might need to come once every six or eight weeks. These brackets are smaller than conventional metal brackets and less food gets trapped around them when you eat, so less chances of cavities; and less painful.

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Clear Braces or ceramic braces: Clear Braces also known as ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces in their function. The only difference is that the brackets are tooth colored that blend in to teeth.  Clear braces have a higher component of friction and tend to be more brittle than metal braces.

Clear aligners / Invisalign: Clear aligners are orthodontics  devices that uses transparent aligners to adjust teeth as an alternative to dental braces, same as braces, clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets.  The computerized model suggests stages between the current and desired teeth positions, and aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are created for each stage according to patients mouth. Each aligner is worn for 20 hours a day for two weeks. These slowly move the teeth into the position. The average treatment time is 14-15months (time depends upon the case to case)