Types of Braces

Technological advances in the orthodontic industry have allowed Villa Park Smiles to provide our patients with a variety of options to straighten their smiles. While traditional metal braces are still a reliable way to straighten teeth, clear and invisible braces, like Invisalign, are becoming the preferred treatment option for many teens and adults. At Villa Park Smiles, Dr. Douglas Baum, Dr. Deborah Lee, and Dr. Matthew MacGinnis, work with you to confirm which treatment option is right for you and create a custom orthodontic treatment plan.

Metal Braces

Made from high-grade stainless steel, remain the most popular type of braces used throughout the country. Dr. Baum, Dr. Lee and Dr. Macginnis utilize these metal brackets and archwires to straighten your teeth. Many patients enjoy having different colors placed on their braces as a means of personal expression and fun. Because it’s so simple to change the colors, feel free to swap them at every visit.

Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces do; however, they are less visible on your teeth. Ceramic braces would be a great option for older teenagers and adults who would like to minimize the appearance of braces. Like metal braces, they are extremely comfortable to wear and very efficient at moving teeth. The one drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic appointments with certain foods, beverages, and smoking.


Invisible Braces

Invisalign, the “braceless alternative,” works through a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Dr. Baum, Dr. Lee, and Dr. MacGinnis use a computer to construct trays that will move the crooked teeth into the appropriate places. The treatment consists of a series of these clear overlay retainer appliances that you wear for 20-22 hours per day. See our Invisalign tab for more information.