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Types of Braces


Rad Orthodontics uses advanced technology and materials in all of its treatments.  We use the highest precision systems as well as the most sophisticated styles of custom braces, because they work better, faster, and more comfortably than traditional braces.  By combining the best techniques and materials available, we are able to deliver the highest level of orthodontic care.  We customize each treatment to the alignment, esthetic, and financial needs of each patient. 

Self-Ligating Brackets

Self-ligating brackets have a specialized clip that holds the archwire to the bracket without elastics.  This is important for several reasons:

  1. Self-ligating brackets enable the wires to slide through the brackets with less friction, which means teeth can move to their new positions more easily and more comfortably. 
  2. Self-ligating brackets allow the archwires to apply gentle and constant pressure to the teeth, which makes the treatments more comfortable.  This also requires fewer adjustments, which allows for fewer and shorter appointments.
  3. Without elastics, it is also much easier to keep teeth clean during treatment, which helps to prevent staining.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are made of tooth-colored or clear materials and are therefore less visible than metal braces.  While they are visually less prominent, keep in mind that ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than metal braces, so they require more attention to oral hygiene.  It is important to be very careful not to eat foods that can damage the braces, and to be extra diligent about brushing and flossing around the brackets.  For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on adults, and mostly on upper front teeth.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a series of virtually invisible acrylic trays custom made specifically for each patient.  Treatments such as Invisalign® work by creating a series of aligners that gently move your teeth to their new positions.  The aligners are comfortable since they do not have any metal brackets or wires to poke or cause mouth abrasions during treatment.  Aligners are worn all day, except when eating, drinking, and brushing.  Because they are removable, can eat and drink without limitation during treatment.  You can also brush and floss normally throughout treatment, which helps to prevent staining.

As with all orthodontic treatments, it is important to keep up with the treatment plan.  This is especially important with removable aligners.  If you don’t wear the aligners long enough each day, if you skip aligners, or if you don’t wear the appropriate aligners for the specified timeframe, it may take longer than expected for your teeth to move to their new positions.

Rad Orthodontics is proud to be an Invisalign® Top 1% Provider year after year.  Because of our excellent results, we have been recognized by Invisalign® and earned this distinction, awarded only to the top 1% of Invisalign® providers nationwide.  Experience counts, and Rad Orthodontics is known for achieving excellent results in highly complex Invisalign® cases.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are one of the most common types of braces, and they are more comfortable today than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, they straighten teeth using brackets and archwires. Today’s metal brackets are smaller and stronger than in the past, which makes them more comfortable and easier to clean.  

With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.  This is most fun for our younger patients, who like change to different colors each time they come to see us.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed on the inside surface (tongue side) of the teeth.  They are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. They are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth, and are created uniquely for you. They work just like other braces, with brackets and wires.  Lingual braces are often chosen by people who don’t want braces to impede their activities or jobs: athletes, musicians who play wind instruments, models, actors/actresses, and adult professionals, to name a few.

Contact Rad Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary consultation and see what treatment is right for you.

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