Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Self-ligating brackets have a door or gate that opens to allow the archwire to be placed so they do not have to be "tied in" which means there is no need for a steel ligature tie. The steel ligature tie can scratch or poke, and the self-ligating brackets eliminate scratchy or pokey tie wires. Dr. Fricke makes every effort to offer the most innovative and comfortable brackets available.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal.
The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
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