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Types of Braces



Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high grade stainless steel and are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. We specialize in using self-ligating braces. Some of the benefits of self-ligating braces are faster movement, shorter appointments, longer time between appointments, and fewer appointments. Other benefits are less chances of poking wires, less plaque build-up, and ease of brushing.


Clear braces are made of a translucent material and are less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They are typically used on adults and older teenagers for this reason. While clear braces are less noticeable, they do require additional attention to oral hygiene to get the maximum esthetic benefit. Clear braces can be used anywhere, but they tend to be used mostly on the upper front teeth. We also use self-ligating clear braces that have the same benefits as the metal ones.


We do offer lingual braces that attach to the inner (tongue) side of the teeth and are therefore "invisible". Lingual braces can be used in cases where there is limited tooth movement needed, usually when there is crowding of the front teeth.


Dr. Peyton is a Certified Invisalign® Provider. Please see our Invisalign page for more information.

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