Dr. Brian J. Schabel DDS, MS & Dr. Vivian H. Chan, DDS, MS Orthodontist Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola CA
North Coast Orthodontics
Types of Braces and Invisalign®

Metal Braces Types of Braces - Metal Braces
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, along with various wires, are used to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. You have the option of adding color ties around the brackets for a more unique and colorful smile.
Self-ligating Braces
Self-ligating BracesSelf-ligating braces do not rely on elastic or steel ties to hold the archwire in place. Instead, the brackets have a metal door that closes over the wire, which creates less friction or resistance between the braces and the wire. Although there has been a resurgence in recent years of this type of braces, self-ligating brackets have actually been around for many years. In our office, we use self-ligating braces in select cases where they may be more appropriate than traditional metal braces.
Gold Braces
Gold BracesGold braces are similar to traditional metal braces. They are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely coated in 24-karat gold. The gold coating may be considered a more esthetic option than traditional metal braces. Gold braces can also be used for patients with nickel allergies. The cost of gold braces is comparable to most clear braces.
Clear Braces
Types of Braces - Clear BracesClear braces are much less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, clear braces are used primarily on older teenagers and adult patients who have concerns about the way the braces look. We have carefully evaluated every type of clear braces available on the market and have chosen the most esthetic for our office. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene. Clear braces are also slightly larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, and tend to be used more on upper teeth than on lower teeth.
Types of Braces - Clear & Metal BracesDue to the manufacturing process, clear braces are more expensive than traditional metal braces.

InvisalignInvisalign® consists of a series of clear and removable aligners, each of which moves your teeth in small increments until the desired result is achieved. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. Invisalign® is not intended for growing children and is not appropriate for every adult. During your initial visit, we can determine if this treatment is a suitable option for you.
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