Types of Braces

Braces for Every Smile

At Gardner & La Rochelle Orthodontics, our Richmond orthodontists use the most advanced brackets and thin, lightweight archwires to efficiently and effectively straighten your teeth. Whatever your age or smile concern, we have a braces option to suit your lifestyle and needs. To determine which of the types of braces will bring out the best in your smile, schedule a free consultation online, by calling us at (804) 282-0505 or by texting us at (804) 577-1171!

Metal Braces

Conventional Metal Braces

Conventional metal braces are probably what you think of when you hear the word “braces” and they’re still the most commonly used type around the world. They involve stainless steel brackets and archwires, which are secured in place with ligatures (tiny elastics or metal ties). They’re an effective option and especially popular with younger patients who love customizing them by choosing the color of their elastics.

Clear Braces

Conventional Clear Braces

Conventional clear braces also utilize brackets, wires and elastics. However, the brackets are crafted from a durable, ceramic material that blends in with your smile. Our Richmond clear braces are just as effective as their metal counterparts but they’re much less noticeable, which helps many patients feel more confident during their treatment.

Self Ligating braces Richmond Orthodontist

Self-Ligating Metal and Clear Braces

We also offer self-ligating braces at our practice. These cutting-edge brackets are smaller than conventional brackets. Self-ligating braces don’t use elastics or metal ties. Instead, the brackets have a slide mechanism that holds the archwires in place. The wires guide the teeth into position with little to no pressure or friction. Self-ligating braces are more comfortable and they eliminate some of the mechanical inefficiencies associated with conventional braces, allowing them to work more quickly, in some cases. As an added bonus, they’re also easier to keep clean! We have both metal and clear self-ligating braces at our practice.

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