Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Leading Edge Orthodontics can provides our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are very popular with teens and adults who are self conscious about wearing braces, along with Invisalign removable aligners, the “braceless” alternative to straight teeth. Dr. Charles M. Hulsey will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.

Metal Braces

Dr. Hulsey uses the state of the art metal braces. These braces (Damon braces, OC braces, Carriere braces) are very unique. What they accomplish cannot be done with cheaper regular braces with plastic or ligature ties. Optimally they are made of metal to be small and friction free. They are available in Glass material (to be clear) but they are then much larger and not as accurate as the metal ones.

These braces have offered freedom for the archwires to slide at-will, and they produce tooth movement with very light force. As a result these braces offer something that was not possible before. Many cases are now treated without permanent tooth extraction and without headgear. Arches are expanded with very light force and heavy expanders are seldom utilized.


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 teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene since ceramic braces are larger. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.


Invisible Braces

Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. No one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Invisalign aligners are removable so you are not limited in what you can eat and drink during treatment. Plus… brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Invisalign

Invisible Braces (Lingual Braces)

Lingual braces are the invisible alternative for patients who don’t want to wear braces or when Invisalign is not an option. Placed behind your teeth, no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them. These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and dental situation. Lingual braces have the unique prescription that Dr. Hulsey creates for you, built-in to ensure you get the results that you want. With lingual braces you get efficient, effective tooth movement with great aesthetics.