Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. Self-ligating braces do not require the use of wire or elastic ties, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of ties to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments. Self-ligating braces come in traditional metal, or clear brackets.
Clear (Ceramic) 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 oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are 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 are a series of invisible, removable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Being removable allows you to eat and drink what you want while in treatment and brushing and flossing is simple. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.