Metal braces are the traditional type of orthodontic treatment and, until the introduction of Invisalign, have also been the most common type of treatment. They are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten 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.
Clear braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on teeth than metal braces. For this reason, clear braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as they are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, clear braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Invisalign has become an increasingly popular choice for orthodontic treatment for patients of virtually every age and orthodontic condition. Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners to straighten teeth. Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, too, so you can eat and drink what you like during treatment and brush and floss more easily. The aligners have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.
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