Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Lakewood Orthodontics can provide our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are very popular with teens and adults who are self-conscious about wearing braces, along with Invisalign removable aligners, the “braceless” alternative to straight teeth. Dr. Ravi Rajanna will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.


Metal Brackets

Dr. Rajanna uses Empower brackets for most patients.  These “self-ligating brackets” are the most technologically advanced orthodontic appliances available and offer many advantages over the traditional metal braces still in use by most orthodontists today:

  • Less frequent adjustment appointments.  Every 8-12 weeks for most patients.
  • Lighter wires with less discomfort.
  • They are smaller and more comfortable.
  • No elastic ties required. Although you can add colored elastics for a more unique and colorful smile.

Metal braces in Lees Summit and Pleasant Hill MO


Ceramic Brackets

Ceramic brackets are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenage and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene since ceramic braces are larger. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.

Ceramic Braces in Lees Summit and Pleasant Hill MO


Invisalign Clear Aligners

Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. No one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Invisalign aligners are removable so you are not limited in what you can eat and drink during treatment. Plus… brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Invisalign in Lees Summit and Pleasant Hill MO


Invisible Brackets (Lingual Braces) Behind Teeth

Lingual braces are the invisible alternative for patients who don’t want to wear braces or when Invisalign is not an option. Placed behind your teeth, no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them. These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and dental situation. Lingual braces have the unique prescription that Dr. Rajanna creates for you, built-in to ensure you get the results that you want. With lingual braces, you get efficient, effective tooth movement with great aesthetics.