While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear ceramic braces and lingual braces are alternative aesthetic options, along with Invisalign® removable aligners, the “braceless” alternative to straight teeth. Dr. David Dubiner and Dr. Hayley Woolfson will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used today. They are smaller and more comfortable than ever before and constructed of high-grade space-age metal alloys. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastic ties for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are widely used on teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. For the most aesthetic look, clear elastic ties or white-coated metal ties are used. Or, you can highlight your clear braces with colored elastic ties. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and the clear elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and drinks.
Lingual braces are an aesthetic option for patients who don’t want to wear traditional braces or when Invisalign® is not an option. Placed behind your teeth, no one will know that you are wearing braces! These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth. Lingual braces have the unique prescription that Dr. Woolfson and Dr. Dubiner create for you, built-in to ensure you get the results that you want. With lingual braces you get efficient tooth movement with great aesthetics.
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. These aligners are custom made for your teeth, allowing for a snug fit and virtually invisible appearance. Along with aesthetic, tooth-colored bonded attachments, these clear aligners are engineered to place gentle forces in specific areas to move your teeth. Aligners are removable so you are not limited in what you can eat and drink during treatment. Plus, no need to brush and floss around braces and wires.