Types Of Braces

There isn't just one type of braces!



Metal braces have become much smaller since the earlier days of orthodontics. The micro-arch braces used at Petrous Orthodontics are 30% smaller than standard sized brackets and facilitate hygiene and minimize patient discomfort from irritation. The “space-age” nickel titanium wires placed in the braces are super-elastic and allow for easier alignment of crowded teeth with less discomfort.


For those patients who like to fashionably show off their braces, we offer a full color selection at no additional cost. Colors include the traditional spectrum to pastel, jelly and even glow-in-the-dark. You can choose colors to show your school spirit or support your favorite sports team, to celebrate an upcoming holiday, or just pick any artistic creation of your choice to show off your beautiful smile. Furthermore, your colors can be changed at every adjustment visit (5-8 weeks), so you’re not stuck wearing the same color for the entire treatment. See what your braces will look like with different colors.


For those patients who prefer their braces to be less conspicuous, we offer an esthetic clear option called Radiance. Radiance brackets are a clear polished sapphire, a glass type material which does not stain like the plastic braces of past years. Most patients can be treated just as well with the ceramic braces as they can with the metal braces. However, because of their composition, placing clear braces on the lower teeth can wear the enamel of the upper teeth when biting. For this reason, we usually place ceramic braces on the upper teeth only.


Invisalign® treatment uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth.  You can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are more easily accomplished than with braces. The aligners have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Though many patients have been thrilled with their aligner results, not all bite types can be corrected with this form of treatment. A FREE initial consultation with Dr. Petrous will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign.