Open bites, under bites, deep bites, and other misalignments of teeth can now be corrected with the use of braces. Traditional braces are made up of metal wires which serve as fence to your teeth applying gentle pressure to move them over time. With the advancement of technology that we have today, different types of braces have been made in order to answer the specific needs of the patients. Aside from the two main types of braces which are fixed and removable, other specific classifications also arise because of the materials used and how the braces are created.
Below is a reference of the various types of braces offered at RGV Orthodontics and their characteristics which make them unique. Learn what kind of materials they are made of and discover how each of them can benefit you, depending on your case.
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. (Fixed braces)
Clear Braces (Ceramic)
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits. (Fixed braces)
Glass Braces (Radiance)
Glass braces are made from sapphire crystal. Each crystal is honed and then heat polished into an incredibly clear, smooth, and strong bracket. Once bonded, Radiance braces are difficult to notice from just a few feet away. Radiance braces also resist staining. (Fixed braces)
The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system. (Removable braces)