Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces, but they do not need elastics. This means less friction on the tooth, easier cleaning, less visibility, and fewer appointments to get your braces adjusted. They can use metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. A specialized clip helps the archwire guide the teeth.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
These braces have clear or ceramic brackets. The clear brackets allow the tooth to show through, while the ceramic brackets mimic the color of the teeth, letting them blend in. These may be visually less prominent, but they have some drawbacks. Both can become discolored without diligent care, and ceramic braces can become chipped or broken.
Aligners are invisible when worn, removable, and more comfortable than braces since they sit flush against the teeth. Since they can be removed for a few hours each day, they make eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing easier. In most cases, they work faster than braces, and patients require fewer office visits.
Traditional Metal Braces
These are the braces you picture when you think about orthodontic treatment. Compared to versions of the past, they are smaller, lighter, and more effective. If you want to be creative, you can opt for colored elastics or even specially shaped brackets.