Types of Braces

Types of Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

Dr. Carroll and Dr. Sutton use only self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces use specialized clips instead of elastics to engage the archwire, which guides teeth into place. Since these clips do not deteriorate like elastics, there are no wasted “retie” appointments. Lighter forces can be used to more safely and efficiently move teeth as well, since the archwires no longer need to overcome the friction created by elastics. This combination of more efficient tooth movement and lack of wasted appointments translates into fewer appointments.

Clear (Ceramic) Self-Ligating Braces

Ceramic braces are made of tooth-colored materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are popular with older teenagers and adult patients. The biggest complaint about traditional ceramic braces is that, while they look great when you leave the orthodontist’s office, they stain within a few days. Dr. Carroll and Dr. Sutton use only self-ligating ceramic braces. Just like our metal braces, our ceramic braces do not use elastics to engage the archwire. It is these clear elastics that quickly stain. While ceramic braces do look nice, they are a little larger than metal braces and are made of a material (ceramic) that is harder than tooth enamel. For these reasons, ceramic braces are more appropriate for upper front teeth than for lower teeth.

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