Types of Braces

Metal braces

This is the gold standard of treatment and therefore remains the most frequently used appliance. Metal brackets and archwires are highly effective at shifting teeth into proper alignment. Their size has decreased over the years, and today they cover less tooth surface area than the braces that were worn a generation ago.

Metal brackets are made of stainless steel, and they are cemented onto each tooth. The arch wire is threaded through each bracket and held in place using tiny rubber rings known as ligatures. Some patients like to customize the look of their brackets by requesting colored ligatures.

Ceramic braces

If you’re in search of orthodontic treatment that allows people to see more of your smile and less of your appliances, ceramic braces could be for you. These durable brackets are the color of your natural teeth, so they blend in almost seamlessly. However, they are not quite as strong as metal brackets, so although you should avoid biting into hard, crunchy food when wearing any type of braces, this is especially true with ceramic brackets.

Certain foods and beverages can stain the clear ligatures used with ceramic braces to hold the arch wires in place. Ask us for tips on how you can keep your braces looking their best between checkups.

Sometimes treatment takes longer with ceramic braces, but many patients consider it an endurable trade-off to be able to go through treatment without their appliances being highly noticeable to others.


This has come to be the orthodontic treatment option that patients ask for by brand name. It offers the greatest aesthetic benefits, and there are no food restrictions because the aligners are removed before meals. Please visit our Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® pages for more detailed information about this type of treatment.