Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Twin Brackets

The most common types of braces are metal brackets and while many orthodontic practices will focus on new forms of treatment such as Invisalign, metal braces remain the most common treatment option. Metal twin bracket braces have come a long way even within the past few generations. They are fully customizable with a number of different colors available as well as the option for clear braces and self ligating braces.

Nal-Ortho-Elite-Mini-Twin bracesTraditional metal twin bracket braces are one of the best ways that you can save money on orthodontic treatment because they offer an affordable solution. Metal brackets have become smaller as well and are far less noticeable than they were in the past.

These traditional metal braces used elastic ties to hold arch wires in place and these ties place forces on teeth which gradually move them into place. Braces are adjusted over the course of treatment to achieve a permanent and perfect smile.

The good news about ties, elastic’s and the metal twin brackets is that you can get them in just about any color that you desire. Changing the colors and the look of your braces can also be done during adjustment times so that you can get something fresh and new while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. While many people feel a bit self-conscious about their braces at first it’s easy to forget you are even wearing them after you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment for a long period of time. The ability to choose colors and change the looks of your braces can also make sure that you get something unique that you can show off during your orthodontic treatment.

If you are looking for affordable and popular treatment options look no further than traditional metal twin bracket braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.


Invisalign Fresno CAThe Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Also available for younger patients is Invisalign Teen. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.

Herbst Appliance

In cases where a small lower jaw is further back than it should be, we like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth. Braces like the Herbst appliance help this happen. Even though the Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward, opening and closing movement still occur easily, and patients do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.

Types of Braces

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