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Types of Braces

The Better Bite Breakdown

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces, and they’re better than what you might be expecting if you’re familiar with older braces. Today’s braces are more comfortable and more effective than they were in the past, meaning they usually don’t have to stay on as long as older braces did. Traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires; you can add colored rubber bands to make your smile more unique and colorful while you have your braces!

Translucent Braces

Translucent braces are clear, so they’re less visible than metal braces; older teens and adults often opt for translucent braces that aren’t as noticeable. But translucent braces can also be a great option for anyone who wants to celebrate wearing braces — colored rubber bands can be really fun to wear with translucent braces because the colors really pop, and they can always be swapped out for less noticeable bands for family photos or special events.


Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable aligners to straighten your teeth, so they’re not noticeable. Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, you can also eat and drink whatever you want during treatment, and brushing and flossing aren’t as much of a hassle as with traditional or translucent braces. Most patients find the aligners comfortable, and because they aren’t made of metal, you won’t have to deal with mouth abrasions.

At Yanosky Orthodontics, we also use Invisalign®’s iTero element scanner to provide even more excellent experience and result. The iTero Element Scanner is a huge improvement over the old goopy impression trays of the past. We’ll scan your teeth using a wand — no trays, no gunk, no struggling to breathe or swallow. It’s so much more comfortable, and it’s more accurate, too — you’ll get a perfect scan that we’ll use to create a 3D model of your teeth; it’s clearer and more specially accurate than the old impression trays. Plus, the iTero Element Scanner lets us create an 3D outcome simulation of what your bit will look like after your treatment.

Once you begin your Invisalign® treatment, you’ll visit us every six weeks or so; your total treatment time averages about nine to 15 months (with 18 to 30 aligners), but these numbers varies depending on the individual patient; everyone’s smile is different

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