Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Great Lakes Smart Moves Clear Aligners

Great Lakes Smart Moves clear aligners may be an option to use for correction of your bite. At your first visit, please ask us if clear aligners would be suitable for correcting your specific problems.

How do aligners work?

  • Wear each set of Aligners for about two weeks
  • Remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss
  • Your teeth will move gradually each week
  • Visit us every 8-10 weeks
  • Total treatment time averages 6-15 months
  • Average number of Aligners is between 18 and 30

Advantages of Aligners

  • Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing
  • With Aligners, you can still eat and drink what you want
  • Using aligners, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth
  • There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions