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Type of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. These are made of high-grade stainless steel. They helps straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. You can also choose to add colored elastics.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are also made of high-grade stainless steel, like traditional braces. However, they do not require the use of elastics. This means you’ll only have fewer appointments with the dentist and less friction for your teeth. You can have self-ligating braces in traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets with the same sizes as metal braces. They come with a specialized clip to help the archwire guide the teeth into place. The clip reduces the amount of pressure on the tooth.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are less visible because it is made of clear materials. These types of braces are a common choice for older teenagers and adults. However, users have to pay more attention to oral hygiene if you wear ceramic braces because it is larger and more brittle than other metals. Also, they are often used for upper front teeth than on lower.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners straighten the teeth using a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays. This doesn’t restrict what you eat and drink, and you can floss with less hassle.


At our dental clinic in Fairfax, Virginia, we can assess your children’s oral health condition and determine which type of braces are fit for their situation. Schedule an appointment today, and let your children develop a healthier and more beautiful smile.

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