These are highly aesthetic brackets that have the same shape and function as traditional metal braces. Since they are made of ceramic or a crystal, they are translucent and thus show much less than metal braces.
These are also known as ‘traditional’ braces, usually made of stainless steel alloy.
To this day they are still the gold standard, as they achieve tooth movement more rapidly and predictably than any other appliance system. They are usually the brackets of choice for kids and teens, since they can be tied in with coloured ‘donuts’.
There are several different types of aligner systems in use today.
The best known commercial brand at this time is Invisalign, but there are many others. At Oasis, we even manufacture some custom aligners in-house.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists advises that every child should have an orthodontic screening by the age of 7.