Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

metal braces These classic braces are looking and feeling better than ever. Made from lightweight stainless steel, they have a smaller profile than in the past and do not cause as much mouth irritation as earlier models did. Incredibly effective, they remain the most popular type of braces.

Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces These braces do not use ties to hold the wire in place, and that helps to make them less visible and more effective. If you choose these as your braces, you will get to select the type of bracket you like best. Choose from regular metal brackets, clear brackets, and ceramic brackets.

Ceramic Braces

clear braces Ceramic braces are braces—both self-ligating and traditional—that use ceramic brackets rather than metal. The goal is to match them to the color of the teeth so they are less visible. However, they are delicate, so they are not ideal for everyone. They can only be placed on the upper front teeth.


invisalign Invisalign isn’t actually braces, but it accomplishes what braes do: shifting the teeth into proper positions. It uses clear aligner trays rather than brackets and wires. The end result is a form of treatment that is effective, invisible, and comfortable.

Lingual Braces

lingual braces Lingual braces are braces that are placed on the backs of the teeth rather than the front. This hides them from view but makes them more complicated to create and place. As a result, they are custom made to fit the dental anatomy of the patient.

Vivera Retainers

Orthodontic treatment takes time, money, and effort on the part of the patient, all to achieve the perfect smile. Unfortunately, the teeth will naturally attempt to migrate back to their original positions. This is why all braces patients transition into the retention phase after active treatment is complete. One option for this phase are Vivera retainers.

Vivera retainers are made by the same company as Invisalign, and as a result, they are comfortable, invisible, and tailored to you. The material used is actually about 30 percent stronger than the material in Invisalign aligners, making them durable and incredibly effective. For many patients, they are the most comfortable option for the retention phase.

Unlike most other types of clear retainers, Vivera retainers do not stain easily, giving them real staying power. And they are given to you in sets. This way, when one starts looking less than its best, you can make the switch.

So, if your braces treatment is wrapping up, it is time to start thinking about the retention phase. Speak with us to learn more about Vivera.