Types of Braces

Dr. Davies and our team believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful, and confident smile, and that everyone deserves a say in the treatment they receive. Therefore, we design treatment plans according to patient preference as much as orthodontic value, and offer several types of braces to meet every patient’s needs, including:

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment option, and consist of small brackets that are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. An arch wire passes through the brackets and provides a gentle but continuous supply of pressure to gradually shift your teeth. In some cases, you may choose colored bands to customize your braces. 

Tooth-Colored Ceramic Braces

For patients who want a more discreet orthodontic solution, Dr. Davies provides ceramic, tooth-colored bracket-and-wire braces. The high-quality ceramic blends in naturally with your tooth structure for a more esthetically appealing result. While ceramic braces are more discreet, they are also larger and more brittle than metal braces, and therefore may require more attention through more frequent maintenance visits with your orthodontist.

Palatal Expanders

Though technically not braces, palatal expanders are a common and effective orthodontic treatment. Expanders can be placed in the upper or lower palate to expand the mandible (lower jaw) or maxilla (upper jaw), making room for your child’s teeth to grow in properly. Expanders are recommended when crowding issues create complications for teeth that have not yet erupted. They are often preferable to extracting a tooth as part of orthodontic treatment.

Invisible Orthodontic Aligners

Older teen and adult patients who wish to avoid traditional brackets and wires often qualify for clear, cosmetic aligners. Provided by Invisalign®, clear aligners are designed to fit comfortably and discreetly over your teeth, gently and gradually forcing misaligned teeth into straighter positions. The aligners can be temporarily removed for better, more efficient hygiene, and to allow you to eat your favorite foods without getting anything stuck behind braces.

Which Type of Braces Are Right for You?

With a variety of braces and orthodontic options, we can customize a treatment plan that meets and exceeds your expectations! To find out what type of braces are right for you, call Davies Orthodontics at (262) 542-9151. With offices conveniently located in Waukesha and Oconomowoc, WI, we proudly serve families throughout all of our surrounding communities.