of Braces

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

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.


Invisalign treatment consists of a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces and are switched out every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured to gradually shift your teeth into place.  Dr. Melita is Invisalign Certified and has years of experience creating beautiful smiles with these aligners.  The Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, so you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly fits.