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Types of Braces

At Dr. Talbot's office, we offer a variety of different types of braces for you to choose! Conveniently located in Citrus Heights and Roseville, our team provides friendly orthodontic care and explains each step of your braces treatment. Read more about your braces options below and request an appointment with Dr. Talbot today!

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored rubber bands for a more unique and colorful smile.

Gold Braces

Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in many ways. They are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. And, the cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, also called clear braces, are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

"Invisible" Braces

Clear appliances (such as Invisalign®) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Self Ligating Braces

Self ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on he tooth.  Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic or clear brackets.  They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide the teeth into place.  The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments beacause there are no elastics to replace. They are also much more hygienic as those elastics tend to attract plaque.