Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, these brackets work with thin, metal wires to gently guide the teeth into the correct position. With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colourful smile.
There are many good reasons why time-tested metal braces remain popular —they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. In contrast to the appliances of the past, today's braces are actually smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear.
Damon Self-Ligating Metal Braces
Damon Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, they do not use elastic ties. They are the same size as metal braces but use a specialised clip in place of the elastic ties. They require slightly shorter adjustments as there are no elastics to replace.
Clear Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Although they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Hidden Braces - Incognito Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth. They are customised to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces aren't the proper treatment for every orthodontic condition, and they're significantly more expensive than standard braces. They also generally require a bit more time for the wearer to get used to them, and they may prolong treatment slightly. But if you want the least visible type of fixed appliance - and if you're a candidate for this treatment option - then lingual braces may be just what you're looking for.