Invisalign and Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Orthodontics Office of Dr. Kevin McCoy provides patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before.  While traditional metal braces and clear braces are still used, Invisalign removable aligners, the “braceless” alternative to straight teeth are very popular with teens and adults who are self conscious about wearing braces.

Dr. Kevin McCoy will help you determine which treatment option is right for you.


Think of Invisalign as a tool, like a sculptor’s tool.  No two doctors work with it the same.

Invisalign requires Dr. McCoy’s unique skills to work correctly.  Your dentist just can’t work with it as well.

Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth.  No one can tell you are wearing Invisalign 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.  Invisalign aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.


Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces used today.  They are smaller and more comfortable than ever before and constructed of high-grade space age metal alloys.  We use the most advanced low-friction, efficient clip-style braces.  With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastic ties (donuts) to hold your wires in, for a more unique and colorful smile!


Ceramic Braces

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 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 than metal braces.  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 with smoking.