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Types of Braces

Clear Braces / Damon® Braces / WildSmiles / Invisalign® / Metal Braces

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear braces

Clear braces (ceramic braces, cosmetic braces, tooth colored braces) are an excellent option for patients, both teens and adults, who are looking for a more cosmetic approach to aligning teeth. Clear braces are used the same way as metal braces and come in a similar size and shape as their metal counterpart. At South Hills Orthodontics, we also offer tooth colored ties to hold the wire in for the optimal esthetic experience. 

Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces (Damon braces) are made of the same material as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not use ties (the colored circles on peoples braces) that are used with traditional braces to keep the wire in the bracket. Instead, self-ligating braces use a clip that opens and closes to keep the wire in the bracket slot. The idea behind the self ligating bracket is that it exhibits less friction which will allow the teeth to move more easily. 


Clear Aligners

Clear aligners (Invisalign and In-house aligners) are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable thermoplastic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. As you move stage to stage in your aligner series, your teeth will gradually align until treatment is completed. Clear aligners are practically invisible and they can be removed to brush, floss, eat and drink. Schedule an appointment today to find out if clear aligners are a good option for you!


Wild Smiles

WildSmiles are a specially made orthodontic bracket that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including footballs, stars, hearts, flowers, and diamonds. These shapes can bring more fun to your child's orthodontic experience. WildSmiles brackets are best for younger kids (ages 7-10) and they work the same way as traditional metal braces. Let us help you take your orthodontic treatment from mild to wild with WildSmiles!

Damon® Smile

Damon Smile

Our office is pleased to offer our patients Damon Smile braces. Damon braces are a type of "self-ligating bracket" that uses a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, which reduces the amount of pressure placed on the teeth and allows them to move more freely and comfortably. 

Metal Braces

When you think of "braces" you most likely think of metal braces. Metal braces are the most common type of braces used in orthodontics. Today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles.

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American Association of Orthodontists Invisalign Preferred Provider
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