Metal brackets are made of stainless steel, and are the conventional types of brackets worn by most children and adults. They are bonded to the teeth, and a wire is held into the bracket with an elastic ligature or metal ligature.
Ceramic brackets, usually worn by adults and some teenagers, are “clear.” They are usually not visible from more than a few feet away from the patient, and allow a similar type of control over treatment as conventional braces.
Invisalign utilizes a clear tray system, which must be worn for almost 24 hours a day. The trays must be changed approximately every 2 weeks and full time wear is a must to insure ideal results of treatment.Sometimes, small tooth colored “buttons”, or attachments are placed on the teeth to help tooth movement along.
Lingual braces are another way to invisibly move your teeth! 3M™ Incognito™ Hidden Braces are 100% customized for your mouth using state-of-the art technology to form the brackets and each individual wire. You won’t have to worry about remembering to wear a clear tray because these are bonded to your teeth. Unlike metal braces, these are bonded behind your teeth.