Still the most commonly used method and the most efficient way to align teeth, conventional braces offer the greatest control of tooth movement and finesse when required in the finishing stages of treatment. While clear aligners are improving steadily, conventional braces are more efficient where movement of the roots of the teeth are required.
Traditional Braces have come a long way, and are now smaller and less bulky than they used to be. Today's braces are made from a high-grade stainless steel and are bonded to each tooth using a composite resin.
The brackets are linked to each other with a thin arch wire, which puts pressure on the teeth to move them slowly into the correct position. The arch wires are connected to the brackets using tiny elastics known as ligatures or o-rings, which are changed at each adjustment visit.
Ceramic Braces work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material. Ceramic braces are less visible to others, which makes them a popular choice for adults who need orthodontic treatment.