There are many different kinds of braces. Some are clear, nearly invisible, while others are made of stainless steel and may or may not have colored elastics around them. Some are ceramic or porcelain (for front teeth only) or even gold. All braces are designed to move teeth in three dimensions. The mechanics or techniques used for moving teeth vary as well.
“Self-ligating” braces use a different mechanism than elastics to achieve results; while this is not a new technology, only Dr. Batastini can determine whether they are appropriate for your particular case.
“Invisalign” is a patented system which uses a series of custom-fitted, clear aligners to move your teeth over a period of time. The teeth move very slightly with each change of aligners. Invisalign can be a great alternative to traditional braces for many people. Ask Dr. Batastini if you are an appropriate candidate for Invisalign.
Although materials may vary, the science remains the same; to move teeth over time using light pressure.