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Types of braces

At Waldman Orthodontics, we are experienced in working with many types of braces. When you come in for your consultation we’ll recommend the braces that will be the best match for your orthodontic needs and your lifestyle.

LightForce™ 3D braces

Experience the only 3D-printed bracket system! LightForce™ braces combine 3D printing technology and cutting-edge digital treatment planning to create brackets that are 100% customized to fit your unique smile. The 3D printer allows Dr. Waldman more control and flexibility when creating your plan. This results in a truly perfect fit for each and every one of your teeth. And it makes for a faster and more efficient treatment for you. What’s more, LightForce™ brackets are tooth-colored, providing you with a discreet treatment from start to finish.

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LightForce™ 3D braces

Traditional 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 unique and colorful smile.

Metal braces

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the teeth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

Lingual braces

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 more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Ceramic braces

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