Types of Braces

There are several types of braces (also called appliances) that can be used to give you straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Learn more about the different types of braces, including Invisalign braces available at Glen Mills and Chester Springs.

Metal (stainless steel) braces:

Stainless steel braces are the most popular type for children and teenagers. Colored ligature ties called “o-rings” offer each patient the ability to create a custom look that is uniquely their own. Colors can even be changed at each appointment! One reason these braces are so popular is that they are smaller and more comfortable than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch wires.

Iconix Champagne Colored Brackets

Iconix stainless steel champagne colored brackets truly offer the best of both worlds – the durability of stainless steel and the aesthetics of “white” gold. A unique proprietary process ensures these brackets will stay champagne for the duration of treatment. When matched with gold wire and clear ligatures, Iconix offers a complete patient pleasing cosmetic system that requires literally no sacrifice on your part.

Ceramic (clear) braces:

The big advantage of clear braces is that they are barely noticeable. As they are made of monocrystalline, clear ceramic, they are more fragile than steel braces. Translucent braces are used only on the front and side teeth with steel braces on the very back teeth.  Some patients who have a deep overbite can have just upper clear braces, others upper and lower.

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 they are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. While the braces themselves are clear, the wire in the clear braces is metal and, therefore noticeable.


Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been improved significantly since it became available in the year 2000. Dr. Swiatek has treated hundreds of patients with Invisalign aligners. Finding an experienced Invisalign-certified orthodontist like Dr. Swiatek for your Invisalign treatment is an important first step toward a more beautiful smile.

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace the clear aligners with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Swiatek has prescribed, revealing your smile’s full potential!

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LightForce is a fully customized bracket that can offer more benefits than traditional metal or clear braces.  Not only does it look cooler, it works more efficiently because the brackets are programmed with the end in mind. Similar to Invisalign, Dr. Swiatek  has access to your the final result in the 3D virtual world. Upon submitting your treatment plan, the brackets are custom made to contour your specific tooth anatomy. This leads to a better fit and more evenly distributed forces on each tooth. The 3D printed brackets are fully customized for you and set on a placement “jig”/tooth mold for maximum accuracy.  This leads to less visits, less discomfort, and overall shorter treatment time. If you would like to have state of the art technology, but think Invisalign is not the right fit for you, our office is thrilled to offer you LightForce!