Wearing Braces

Types of Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional orthodontic braces and have the same basic function. Just like metal braces, there are several variations of self-ligating braces. Self-ligating means that the bracket can basically tie itself to the archwire. There are no metal or elastic ties necessary with self-ligating braces as a built in “trap door” can be slid or flipped closed to engage the wire. Self- ligating braces don't move teeth faster, they make treatment more efficient and more comfortable, which often translates into faster treatment times.

We offer clear and metal Nexus self-ligating braces.


Metal Braces

Metal Braces

The most common type of braces are made of a durable mixture of stainless steel, nickel and various other metals in small amounts. There are hundreds of variations of these braces, but all have the key characteristic of having overhanging edges, or “wings”, around which a metal or elastic tie is used to hold the orthodontic wire in place. Elastic ties come in several different colors and are responsible for the decorative “braces colors” seen on young patients’ teeth. These types of braces allow the wire to be tied in very tightly to the bracket, allowing excellent control in aligning crooked teeth. Generally, these silver metal braces cost less compared to clear braces or other cosmetic options.


Clear Braces

Clear Braces

Clear braces serve as a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces by minimizing the visibility of the braces on the teeth. Typically, these clear orthodontic braces are made of ceramic or plastic alloys, but function in a similar manner to traditional metal braces. Most commonly chosen by adult patients, clear elastic ties and white metal ties are available to be used with these clear braces to help keep the appliances less noticeable.


I didn't want braces, I was only thinking about how they would hurt. But, I really felt calm in Dr. Allen's care!

- Luci

Adult Patients

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