Types of Braces

If you have issues such as crooked or crowded teeth, you are a good candidate for braces. At Discover Orthodontics, you have access to a variety of options. Our dental office offers different types of braces based on your needs and preferences. These are some of the options you can choose to regain a beautiful smile with perfectly straight teeth.

Traditional Metallic Braces

Among the most common types of braces in Burlington are traditional metallic ones. These are made of wire and brackets with elastic bands designed to help position your teeth in the correct position. You will have to come in for adjustments every four to six weeks as your teeth begin to shift. Because these are the most noticeable in the mouth and made of metal, they are also cheaper than many alternatives that are now available. Children, teens, and adults can be fitted for traditional braces to straighten their teeth.


Clear Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are clear and take on the same design as traditional metallic braces. However, instead of wire, their brackets are made of ceramic material that closely matches the color of your natural teeth. This makes them more difficult to see compared with their metallic counterparts. Like metal braces, they need adjustments every four to six weeks. We can provide you with clear ceramic braces if you prefer something cheaper but don’t want a mouth full of metal. Many adults opt for these braces when their teeth need straightening.


Clarity Braces

Clarity braces are a good alternative to traditional and clear ceramic braces. They, too, are made with ceramic material, but these don’t become stained or discolored over time. These braces are durable and provide the same results as the traditional metallic kind.


Inspire Braces

Another good option you can ask about at Discover Orthodontics is Inspire braces. These are alternatives to traditional metallic braces that are made from clear sapphire. They are strong and durable and feel more comfortable in the mouth. They’re also clear and discreet and won’t stain or discolor over time.


Damon Braces

The Damon braces, invented by Dr. Dwight Damon, are designed to allow the wire to slide within the bracket. This process is known as self-ligating. The result is less friction and more comfort while your teeth straighten in place. Because of the way these braces work, you don’t need as many visits to the office for adjustments.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are considered hidden because they go on the backsides of the teeth. Like traditional braces, they include brackets and wires to pull the teeth into the proper position. These braces in Burlington are more expensive than some of the alternatives and require adjustments every six to eight weeks.



Invisalign is a clear set of aligners that you wear for 22 hours each day. What sets it apart from regular braces is that they are completely made of plastic and can be removed to eat, brush, and floss. As a result, this option allows you to practice better oral hygiene. Over time, as your teeth shift and straighten, you have to come in to have a new set of aligners made. They take a shorter time to straighten your teeth than traditional braces.



The Herbst appliance is used to help properly align your upper and lower jaws. It takes getting used to, and you have to be careful about what you eat to avoid damaging it. Like other types of braces, the Herbst appliance must be adjusted over time.

To learn more about the different types of braces in Burlington you can choose for straightening your teeth, contact us to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you and discuss all your options.