Types of Braces - Alliance Dental and Orthodontics
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Services and Appliance Options:

Our services include all phases of orthodontic treatment including early interceptive treatment, Phase 1 treatment with maxillofacial orthopedics for children, and full arch treatment for adolescents and adults. Dr. Xia’s treatment philosophy is not just to make improvements in your teeth and your smile, but also to achieve harmony of your overall facial profile and appearance.

Types of Braces - Alliance Dental and Orthodontics

We provide the following appliance choices:

  1. Traditional braces – The most popular orthodontic appliances. They are made of stainless steel. Steel is still the standard material for brackets. Most suitable for those who are not primarily concerned with esthetics during treatment.
  2. Ceramic braces- The latest tooth-colored ceramic braces have better esthetic qualities and will not become discolored with time. This option is better suited for those who are more concerned with esthetics.
  3. Upper ceramic, lower metal braces – There are some downsides to ceramic braces; namely, since ceramic is a form of glass, it tends to be brittle. Also, ceramic braces may wear away the teeth if they come into contact with each other. Additionally, enamel damage may occur when the brackets are removed at the end of treatment. In order to achieve the best results with the use of both types of brackets, one option is to use ceramics on the upper teeth, and metal on the lower teeth.
  4. Invisalign – One of the latest advances in orthodontic technology, Invisalign straightens the teeth without the use of braces. This technique allows the teeth to be moved with a series of clear trays based on the dentist’s prescription and the expertise of the orthodontic and computer staff at Invisalign. This treatment is especially suited to adult patients who would otherwise not seek out orthodontic treatment.
  5. Invisalign plus option 1 or 2
  6. Upper lingual orthodontics, lower ceramic braces – Braces affixed behind one’s teeth –which are completely invisible when you smile. This technique provides a high level of treatment, while not compromising the patient’s esthetic profile. The most noticeable downside to treatment with the lingual appliance is discomfort. Because of this, we recommend using a lingual appliance only on the upper teeth and labial ceramic braces on the lower. In this way, we can enjoy the benefits of the lingual appliance while avoiding some of the discomforts mentioned above.
  7. Full lingual braces – Used on both the upper and lower teeth.
  8. Removable/Functional Appliances




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