Types of Braces

Consistent, Quality Results

When you achieve a healthier smile that changes the way you see yourself in the mirror, you feel a sense of excitement that lasts almost as long as your beautiful results. This sense of excitement drives us to work harder and smarter to provide you with quality care that results in life-changing treatment. One of the best ways to obtain your dream results is through braces. The bulky braces of the past are long gone because they’ve been replaced with sleeker and more effective versions. Whether you choose metal, clear ceramic, or self-ligating braces, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted with a time-tested and patient-approved appliance.

Getting Started

Every treatment begins with a first visit, where you will be personally greeted by one of our team members. We will give you a tour to learn more about our team and office before you begin treatment. Once we get to know each other, we will take pictures of your smile, and Dr. Laster will perform an exam so we can see the complete picture of your oral health. Dr. Laster is famous for going in-depth on his exams and explaining every aspect of recommended treatments, so our patients are involved at every level of decision-making.

Picking the Right Braces for You

The perfect treatment should fit into your lifestyle and help you obtain a smile you’re proud to see in the mirror. If you are looking for a more traditional appliance that has been refined to perfection, metal braces may be the right option for you. While metal braces have been around for generations, our SureSmile wires help you achieve more precise shifting with a sleeker appearance. If you like the results of traditional braces but need something more discreet, clear ceramic braces are a great choice.

With clear braces, the brackets match the color of your natural teeth, allowing you to enjoy the effects of braces without the look of metal brackets. We offer self-ligating braces for our patients who want to spend less time in the chair and more time checking things off their to-do list. While you will still need to come in for the occasional adjustment, you will spend much less time in the office than with other braces options. If you aren’t sure which type of braces would make the most sense for your lifestyle or future smile, our doctor can walk you through your options in person, so you feel comfortable making a well-informed decision.

What Are Metal Braces?

Metal braces have been a patient-favorite in orthodontics for many years, and this is for a good reason. They’re proven to be highly effective at correcting orthodontic issues big and small while delivering consistently outstanding results. While the generations before you probably wore metal braces, you’ll find braces look much different these days. Rather than bulky metal appliances, braces are now sleek and refined to perfection. For this appliance, we place metal brackets on each of your teeth and thread a wire through the brackets that we’ll use to adjust the pressure on your teeth throughout treatment. The brackets and wires are fastened together using rubber bands you can personalize by color to show off your personality.

While traditional steel wires have their place in orthodontics, we’ve found that SureSmile wires have given our patients the best results. These wires are made out of an alloy shaped by a machine to perfectly form your smile. This specific shape and quality material allow your teeth to shift more precisely, so you enjoy a better-optimized treatment.

What Are Clear Braces?

Clear braces are a great option for our adult patients who want the excellent results of traditional braces with a more discreet aesthetic. This appliance works in the same way as traditional braces, except instead of metal brackets, we will place clear ceramic brackets that blend with the color of your natural teeth. Clear braces are incredibly effective, but it’s essential to know that ceramic brackets are less durable than metal ones when you’re deciding on an appliance. If you know you can take great care of your braces throughout treatment, this appliance can help you achieve your dream smile with a more discreet appearance.

What Are Self-ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are unique appliances that provide patients with more freedom and less time in-office. This appliance uses brackets and archwires, but instead of rubber bands, it has a built-in system in the brackets that holds the wires in place. These braces have proven to be easier to clean due to the lack of elastics blocking the area around the bracket. Keeping your teeth clean during treatment is crucial, so the ease these braces allow can be the key to enjoying a smooth treatment.


The price of braces depends on the severity of your oral health issues. After your exam, we will give you more precise information on the price of your treatment. While the cost varies, we work to make treatment affordable for all our patients. We have payment plans to suit different budgets, including a low down-payment option. We can make financial arrangements to extend your payments for months. We also offer an automated payment system that allows our patients better flexibility. In addition to flexible payment plans, we will work with most insurance providers to help you cover out-of-pocket costs.