Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and are the most common braces available today. These types of braces straighten your teeth using archwires and metal brackets and are more comfortable to use today than ever before.
You can add colored elastics (rubber bands or color ties) to traditional metal braces for a more colorful and unique smile. Our traditional metal braces in Cary, NC, are extremely durable and have proved to be an effective option for people of all ages.
Self-ligating braces are manufactured with the same materials as traditional metal braces, but they do not require colored elastics. This translates to fewer orthodontic appointments or office visits and less friction being placed on the tooth.
Self-ligating braces in Cary, NC, come with clear brackets, ceramic, or traditional metal. They are about the same size as traditional metal braces but use a specialized clip instead of elastics to help the archwire move the teeth into the desired position. It requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace, and the clip helps reduce the amount of pressure exerted on the tooth.
They are less noticeable and come with less discomfort than traditional metal braces because they use gentler force to correct the teeth and do not impede movement within the mouth. Little wonder why they are quickly becoming a popular option.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear ceramic materials, making them less visible on your teeth than metal braces. They are used mainly on adult patients and older teenagers who have cosmetic concerns. Our ceramic braces in Cary, NC, are visually less prominent but require more attention to oral hygiene because the braces are larger and are more brittle than metal braces. They tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Although these braces take slightly longer to straighten the teeth than metal braces, they take much less time than fixing tooth alignment issues with clear aligners. This makes it an excellent option for patients that want quick results without the visible metal braces.
Clear aligners (also known as Invisalign) are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays worn over the teeth to straighten them like braces. Because these aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle, plus you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. The aligners are comfortable to use since they have no metal to cause mouth abrasions or impede movement within the mouth during treatment.
Clear aligners in Cary, NC, are the perfect choice for maintaining your oral health and for people whose mouths are sensitive to metal braces. They are also the most aesthetically pleasing option and are suitable for people who want to conceal their teeth straightening treatment since they are almost invisible.
These braces are hidden behind your teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces in Cary, NC, are made of high-grade stainless steel or titanium.
They are 100% customized to match the shape of the patient’s teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for each patient. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for musicians who play wind instruments, actors/actresses, models, athletes, and adult professionals.