Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Having braces doesn't mean you have to have a "tin grin." Our office also uses lingual braces, which attach to the lingual, or tongue, side of your teeth. Lingual braces are custom-fit for your teeth and treatment plan, and each bracket is manufactured for each individual patient. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about the aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.
The Andrews™ Straight-Wire Appliance is specially designed to build tooth guidance into brackets rather than into the archwires. The Andrews Appliance is composed of prearranged sets of brackets that are correlated to common diagnostic conditions. There are five different types of brackets used, each with different purposes, but all designed to achieve a beautiful, straight smile.