Types of Braces

SELF-LIGATING BRACES

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth in place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

FAST, NATURAL & GENTLE

You deserve an orthodontic experience that meets your needs while maintaining a high level of comfort and efficiency. Specifically designed to create beautiful smiles with low pressure, low force, and low friction, the Carriere Self-Ligating Bracket System has been created to give you an amazing smile with maximum comfort and a reduction in treatment length by an average of four months.

With the Carriere Self-Ligating Bracket System, teeth are moved more naturally with a low-force/low-friction passive orthodontic system. These light forces are more compatible with your body than traditional, high-force brackets and allow for more efficient treatment and improved comfort. Plus, the low, smooth profile means less irritation to your lips and gums. We’re proud to offer the Carriere Self-Ligating Bracket System to patients of all ages, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about this technologically advanced orthodontic option.

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.

LINGUAL BRACES

Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.