Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are 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.

Ceramic (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.

Our ceramic braces are also self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces do not require the use of colored elastics, meaning faster wire changes and less friction being placed on the tooth. They use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. This means no discolored or yellowing of the clear braces.

St. Charles & St. Louis InvisalignInvisalign®

Clear aligners such as Invisalign are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable plastic 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 irritations during treatment.

Champagne Brackets

Champagne colored braces offer the best of both worlds…the low friction and durability of stainless steel with the aesthetics of champagne gold. Due to their light and attractive Champagne gold color, these braces appear brighter, smaller and less conspicuous than their silver-colored counterparts. The Champagne gold colored brace offers an excellent alternative for the patient who prefers the elegant look of gold, making them a great option for patients looking for an aesthetic upgrade.

Gold Brackets

Patients choosing among the available options for teen braces often favor gold-plated braces, which offer an elegant and luxurious aesthetic to traditional orthodontic appliances. As with traditional metal braces, gold braces use metal brackets and an archwire to slowly align the teeth and to gradually perfect the smile. In order to achieve a striking golden tone to the braces, a thin layer of gold is placed over each stainless steel bracket. While gold is considered to be a soft metal, gold braces match both the durability and reliability of metal braces that are made from stainless steel. This type of braces are both stylish and ensure the progress of orthodontics, so patients can look great both during and after their treatment is complete.

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