Types of braces
Clear braces, or ceramic braces, are very similar to traditional metal braces in that they consist of brackets and wires. The difference is the brackets are made out of tooth-coloured ceramic rather than metal. This makes them much less noticeable. In addition, the metal archwire can be painted with tooth-coloured paint to make it less noticeable. Clear or ivory elastic bands can be used on each bracket. All these options help decrease the appearance of the braces. At Torque Orthodontics, we use the InOvation brand of clear ceramic braces on upper teeth.
At first glance, self-ligating braces look much like traditional braces, but upon closer inspection you’ll notice some subtle, yet effective, differences. Rather than using elastic ties to encourage your teeth to move into position, self-ligating braces use an innovative sliding mechanism. This means the braces are able to respond much better to the natural movement of your teeth as they’re guided into position by the archwire. This also makes them much more comfortable to wear.