Parrish Orthodontics wants you to be comfortable and satisfied with your choice of braces. During your evaluation, we will suggest which type we think will work best for you, but you have the final say. Check out the differences between the four types of braces:


Traditional Metal Braces

types of braces Traditional metal braces are the most common of the four types 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.


Self-Ligating Braces

types of braces Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip replaces the colored elastic on each brace are a good choice for some patients.


Clear (Ceramic) Braces

types of 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 food restrictions because they can be more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.


Clear Aligners

types of braces Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic 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 abrasions during treatment.