What Are the Different Types of Braces?

Braces offer you the opportunity to enhance your smile and dental health. If you’re considering orthodontic care, you may wonder, “What are all the different types of braces

At Palmetto Family Orthodontics, we offer many options for orthodontic treatment, including self-ligating braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign. After an initial consultation and examination with our expert staff, you will have all the information you need to decide which type of braces suits your unique smile and lifestyle. 

Learn more about the different types of braces below. 

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Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces offer all of the benefits of traditional braces with a more sophisticated appliance. At Palmetto Family Orthodontics, we highly recommend the Damon self-ligating system for aligning your teeth, fixing advanced dental issues like over or underbites, and improving your facial structure and jaw alignment. 

Self-ligating braces use open and shut doors to attach archwires directly to your brackets. The memory wires then automatically adjust to your teeth. This lets you enjoy a treatment with fewer, shorter visits to our office. 

Many of our patients choose self-ligating braces to get the added perk of a shorter treatment time.

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Clear Ceramic Braces

Teen and adult patients often enjoy clear ceramic braces because they offer the advanced treatment of Damon braces with less noticeable brackets. They work around the clock to improve your smile. 

Ceramic braces provide: 

  • The same comfort and control during treatment as metal Damon braces.
  • Virtually invisible treatment.
  • And more confidence in your smile during and after your treatment.

Clear ceramic braces may cost more than metal ones. These braces also require detailed cleaning. Patients should discuss cleaning methods with our staff at Palmetto Family Orthodontics to avoid staining or discoloration of their ceramic brackets.

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Invisalign uses clear aligners to adjust the teeth gently. Patients with Invisalign enjoy the most discrete and comfortable treatment with fewer restrictions. As an Invisalign patient, you’ll only need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. After about two weeks, you’ll advance to the next aligner set. 

Invisalign addresses issues such as gapping or crowded teeth and less-severe bite problems. 

Adjusting your teeth with Invisalign comes with many benefits: 

  1. The comfortable, sleek design is gentler on the teeth and mouth and nearly invisible.
  2. Removable aligners allow you to eat or drink whatever you want while enhancing your smile. 
  3. Fewer appointments free up your schedule while giving you outstanding results.

As Diamond Plus Invisalign providers, Palmetto Family Orthodontics is one of the nation’s best at administering quality Invisalign care. Set up an initial consultation with our caring staff to determine if Invisalign works for your smile and lifestyle.

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Contact Us With Questions About The Different Types Of Braces We Offer!

If you need help deciding which type of braces is right for you, contact Palmetto Family Orthodontics. Our expert orthodontist team provides trust-worthy guidance for smiles across the Greenville and Spartanburg area. 

We want to give you the confident and healthy smile you deserve. Schedule your free initial exam today to begin your smile journey!