Types of Traditional Braces

Clear Braces in Lafayette & Crowley

At Dr. Doré Orthodontics, we’re passionate about helping the residents of the Acadiana area improve their smiles by offering top-notch orthodontic treatment. In our quest to cater to the individual needs and desires of each patient we serve, our practice offers several variations in braces.

Once Dr. Doré determines that you (or your child) is ready to begin treatment and you agree, we’ll help you choose the right braces to wear that will both meet your orthodontic needs and match your lifestyle. To better understand your options, below is some information about the different braces we use at our office.

Traditional Metal Braces

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Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.


Clear (Ceramic) Braces

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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.


Clear Aligners


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.


Hopefully, this information has helped you better understand the types of braces Dr. Doré uses to enhance smiles! Our friendly team is always more than happy to speak with you so please get in touch with us if you have any questions about any of the braces we offer.

Schedule Your First Visit Today!

If you’re ready to take the important first step toward achieving your most remarkable smile, we encourage you to request an appointment with us today. With three office locations, we make it easy and convenient to improve your smile! During your first visit with Dr. Doré, she’ll examine your teeth and bite to determine what type of problem you have. Then she’ll help you choose the right type of braces that are perfect for you. We love welcoming new patients to our office and look forward to seeing you soon!

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