Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology,  David Ross Orthodontics can provide our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.

Please see below or ask us to learn more about the types of braces we offer at our office. You need to speak with your orthodontist to determine which appliance is right for you.


Empower Self-Ligating Braces

Unlike traditional braces that need to be tied in with elastics and cause friction and pressure, self-ligating braces use a slide mechanism to hold the orthodontic wire into the bracket. This innovative technology allows teeth to move freely and quickly. Dr. David Ross has been using this technology since 2004, when he started using Damon Braces.

In 2012, Dr. David Ross began using Empower self-ligating braces because of their proprietary Dual-Activation. This revolutionary concept combines all of the benefits of self-ligation braces that Dr. Ross loves with a greater amount of tooth control during the final stage of treatment.

To find out more information about Empower Braces and how they work, please visit the Empower Braces homepage or call us in the office to set up a COMPLIMENTARY consultation.


Empower Clear

Empower Clear combines all of the benefits of Empower Braces highlighted above with the esthetically pleasing look many patients desire.

With Empower Clear, people may not even realize you’re wearing braces. Other clear or so-called invisible braces have elastic ties that can yellow during treatment. But tie-less Empower Clear braces are more discrete and resistant to staining and discoloration all throughout treatment.


Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and 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 more unique and colorful smile.

Tracitional Metal Braces


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 aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.

Clear Ceramic Braces


Invisible Braces

Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Clear Correct Aligners