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Types of braces

What can you expect when you come in to our clinic for treatment? It all depends on what kind of treatment you need. The first time you come in, we will take pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of your mouth, and possibly make a model of your bite. Then, we'll develop a treatment plan. It may involve regular braces, with or without elastics (rubber bands). We might also recommend that you use a specialized appliance for a period of time.

Here are some of the most commonly used orthodontic appliances:

Metal braces

Metal braces need no introduction. But you might be surprised to find they're smaller and lighter than ever. They may even offer some customized options, like colored elastic ties on the brackets.

Metal Braces

Clear braces

Clear braces feature brackets made of ceramic or composite materials that blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice. They're suitable in many situations, but they cost a little more.

Clear Braces

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they're worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations. The advantage: they're practically invisible!

Clear Aligners

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces offer the most unnoticeable form of orthodontic treatment because they are attached to the back (tongue side) of the teeth, where they cannot be seen at all.

Lingual Braces

Damon® Q braces

In an effort to provide our patients with the very latest in orthodontics, we are proud to offer new Damon® Q braces: the all-new, all-metal, self-ligating braces system that goes above and beyond to increase patient comfort and reduce overall treatment time while straightening your teeth.

Damon® Q features brackets made entirely of high-grade stainless steel, making them strong and extremely durable. The brackets also have smoother, more rounded corners to help provide greater comfort for the patient and to appear even less noticeable than normal Damon® braces!

Daemon Q Braces

How long will I wear them?

There's no one answer that fits everyone; it all depends on what we need to do in your individual situation. Generally, the active stage of orthodontic treatment lasts 6-30 months. Afterwards, you will wear a retainer for a period of several months. When your orthodontic treatment is complete, the new smile we've worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime.

Treatment Time

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