Braces can be fixed or removable. Fixed braces consist of brackets and bands bonded or cemented to your teeth (to get a hold of them) and very thin metal wires that gently push your teeth into their right positions. Removable braces are sometimes used when you are still growing or if you still have baby teeth left. Functional removable braces are used to change jaw growth to normalise your bite.
Fixed appliances are the more traditional form of braces used when control is imperative to guide teeth more accurately. Made from brackets and bands that are temporarily stuck to the teeth, and joined together by a flexible wire, the appliance cannot be taken out by the wearer and so is called a fixed appliance.
Because it is nearly invisible almost no one can tell you are wearing invisalign® aligners. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, invisalign® uses your dentist’s instructions to create a series of custom made removable mouth trays (aligners). These aligners apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, causing them to move. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.