Types of Braces

Types of Braces

Falls Orthodontics is proud to offer many treatment options.



Traditional Steel brackets
Traditional steel brackets are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. They have become smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than the braces of the past, creating the best smiles with their treatment! The braces are composed three component:
1. Archwire – The arch wire is a thin wire attaching to the brackets, and exerts the forces to move the teeth
2. Brackets – Brackets are bonded to the teeth, and anchor the arch wire to the teeth.
3. Ligature Elastics, or “O” rings – Ligature elastics attach the arch wire to the brackets. These can come in a variety of colors, and are changed at every appointment. Adults with traditional brackets have discreet options, such as gray, black and white.



Self-Ligating braces
Self-Ligating braces are braces that don’t require ligature ties; they clip into the brackets with a special connection. They use the traditional arch wire and highly technical brackets, without the use of rubber bands. Self ligating brackets offer many benefits, to include:


Decreasing the bulk in a patient’s mouth, offering more comfort

A more esthetic appearance

More time between appointments

Less “chair time” at appointments

Faster treatment time

A sleek design, meaning less plaque and tartar buildup

Falls Orthodontics is proud to offer In-Ovation® brackets for comprehensive treatment. These self-ligating braces need fewer appointments because traditional ligature elastics don’t need to be replaced. A traditional bracket would require an adjustment every 4 weeks, while In-Ovation®  brackets can be adjusted 6-8 weeks apart. Fewer appointments means less time being sore after appointments, and a shorter treatment time means your smile is straight sooner!