Types of Braces


With today's technology, patients now have more options when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, Clear braces, Iconix braces and Invisalign are becoming increasingly popular. Please use the menu to learn more about the types of braces we offer, and speak with Dr. Collins to determine which appliance is right for you.

Traditional bracesTraditional braces

The most common type of traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's traditional braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Kids also enjoy the numerous assortment of colors available to place on their brackets.

Iconix bracesIconix braces

Iconix stainless steel champagne colored brackets truly offer the best of both worlds - the durability of stainless steel and the aesthetics of "white" gold. Iconix brackets are designed to match the natural color of your teeth and are very pleasing to the eye.

Clear bracesClear braces

Clear braces move teeth just as efficiently as traditional braces, except the brackets are clear & made from ceramic, so they are less noticeable.The only drawback is that clear brackets are more fragile than traditional brackets. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.


The Invisalign system is a series of clear overlay templates, or aligners, that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move teeth. These aligners are removable but meant to be worn 22 hours per day, only to remove when eating or drinking anything besides water. This system is available to patients with certain orthodontic problems.