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Types of Braces

Braces Tailored To Fit Your Needs

Here at the office of Dr. Lauren Cai, we understand that every patient is different. We strive to provide our patients with a unique treatment plan that works specifically for the patient, and we are proud of the wide selection of treatment options that we offer our patients. NO matter what your orthodontic needs may be, whether it’s braces, retention, or accelerated orthodontic treatment – we have you covered.

Learn more about the types of braces that we have available below.

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear plastic trays, or aligners, that subtly shift your teeth. Invisalign holds many benefits over traditional orthodontic treatments, including:

  • Removable trays – these aligners are easily removed, allowing you to eat and drink anything you’d like, as well as brush and floss as you normally would.
  • Clear in appearance – it is very rare that others will notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, due to the incredibly clear appearance of Invisalign.
  • Comfortable fit – because Invisalign moves your teeth in a gradual manner, you should not feel extreme pain or discomfort during the course of treatment.

Invisalign Teen is a great solution for teens who want the same benefits as Invisalign. This system is designed specifically for younger patients, with sets of replacement aligners available and blue dots on aligners that will fade to indicate wear.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are more comfortable, affordable, and efficient than ever before. There’s a reason why this is the most popular orthodontic treatment available. Metal braces consist of a series of brackets and wires that gradually bring your teeth to their desired positioning. Patients have the option to choose colored wires for their brackets, allowing for a colorful smile.

Incognito Braces

Incognito, or hidden braces, are a type of metal braces that are placed on the back side of the teeth. While they work the same way as traditional metal braces do, they are completely out of sight. This is an especially good option for adults, as many adults feel they do not want their orthodontic treatment to be apparent.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Clarity braces are made of a translucent, plastic material that are much more subtle than metal braces. Due to the fact that these clear braces are made out of plastic, they are much more fragile than traditional braces, so we tend to recommend these as adult braces.

Self-Litigating Braces

SmartClip self-litigating braces differ from ordinary braces, in that they use small metal clips in place of elastic bands to fasten wires into brackets. The advantages of metal clips are:

  • Less stains
  • Less stretching
  • Less potential for food to get stuck in braces
  • Better hygiene

Contact Your Local Orthodontist!

If you would like to learn more about Longview and Vancouver Invisalign or the types of braces that we have available, please reach out to us via email, phone, or using our contact form. We have extensive knowledge about the types of braces offered, and hope to answer any questions that you have.

If you feel you are ready to take the next step in your orthodontic journey, please schedule an appointment by calling us today. We have zero-interest financing options available, so there’s no better time than the present. We hope to see you soon!