Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
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.
Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in many ways. They are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. And, the cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they 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.
Clear Orthodontic Appliances (aligners)
Invisalign Suresmile Spark
Aligners uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. So, it is difficult for people to notice that your wearing something on your teeth. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing is less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have fewer sharp areas that can cause mouth abrasions. Aligner may me more comfortable to wear but the teeth will still experience a similar amount of soreness as conventional treatment as the teeth are being moved into place. But remember, cold light treatment is an option to help you with the soreness at Aubin Orthodontics.