Types of Braces

At our Coquitlam braces office, we offer a wide variety of braces options, including traditional metal braces, clear aligners, lingual braces, and more.

Clear Aligners (Invisalign®)

Invisalign Clear Braces, Coquitlam Orthodontist

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. 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.

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Lingual Braces (Incognito™)

Incognito Lingual Braces, Coquitlam Orthodontist

Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore "invisible" when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.

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Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces, Coquitlam Orthodontist

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. These days, they are more comfortable than they ever have been, and are appropriate for everyone, from children, to teens, to adults.

Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using a combination of metal brackets and archwires.

With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colourful smile.

Self-Ligating Braces

In-Ovation Self-Litigating Braces, Coquitlam Orthodontist

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 the 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 teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Cearl Ceramic Braces, Coquitlam Orthodontist

Ceramic 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.