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Traditional metal braces are very common among our adult patients. We use Empower® 2 metal brackets. They’re small and smooth, which means they’re less prone to causing initial irritation to your cheeks and feel less bulky in your mouth. Metal braces also mean less trips to the dentist compared to clear braces, which is a huge plus for many of our adult patients who have busy schedules.

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Many of our adult patients opt for clear braces. Clear braces give you the best aspects of Invisalign and traditional braces. We use Radiance Plus™ brackets, which are designed just like their metal counterpart, but are clear and discreet. The smooth, contoured design is made to treat almost every type of orthodontic case. Our adult patients opt for clear braces if aesthetics are most important to them.

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Invisalign® is a series of clear aligners that are made using 3D imaging technology to fit perfectly to your teeth. Treatment can range from very simple to complex, lasting anywhere between 6 to 24 months. Trays are typically switched out every 7 to 14 days. At its core, Invisalign is designed to fit into your lifestyle. You can continue to eat and drink what you usually do, just take out the aligners when you wish to eat, brush, or floss!

The bottom line:

Braces are personal. Dr. Arruda takes into account complexity, length of treatment
time, and individual lifestyle when recommending the best treatment option for you.

Your time is valuable, from the time we meet you for your teen’s first consultation, to the
day we reveal their new smile. If you’re debating which treatment route to take, we’ve
outlined the main differences between braces and Invisalign more in depth for you.