Types of braces

Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from. Some common options include:

Clear braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic 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 ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Invisible braces

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Traditional metal braces

Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your 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.

Self ligating braces

Self ligating technology uses integrated clips that are micro-engineered within each bracket to hold arch wires in place. This eliminates the need for traditional rubber ties (ligatures) that can stain and wear out over time. Rubber ligatures are a known bacteria trap. Cleaning your teeth and your braces is easier when you have self-ligating braces. These self-ligating clips also allow the orthodontists and their team in Bedford to make quicker, easier wire adjustments, and that can mean less time in the chair.