Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type or orthdontic braces.  Each brace, or bracket, is placed on the tooth using a special adhesive made for teeth.  Once the braces are in position and instantly dried, an orthodontic wire is placed through the brackets.  The wire is held in place by tiny rubberbands - these are the "colors" for which metal braces are so well known!  Each year Dr. Campbell and her staff travel to the American Orthodontic Conference to check out the latest orthodontic products - including the latest colors!

Metal braces, come in a variety of sizes and prescriptions.  Dr. Campbell prides herself on creating a unique prescription for each patient.  There can be as many different prescriptions are there are different types of smiles!

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a great alternative for people who would like all of the benefits of braces with a less conspicuous look. Improvements in ceramic braces have made them smaller and more esthetic than ever before, while functioning the same as metal brackets.


The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that gradually move the teeth into the correct position. The aligners are completely transparent, and therefore much more difficult to detect than traditional metal or ceramic braces.  To begin Invisalign treatment, Dr. Campbell works with the technicians at Invisalign to create a 3-D model of the patient's teeth and then directs their alignment.  Aligners are worn full time (22 hours per day) and are removed for brushing, flossing and eating.  An average orthodontic treatment will have between 24 to 36 aligners and lasts 12 to 18 months.  Home care is simplified with the removable aligners and there are no food restrictions, unlike traditional braces.  Invisalign continually advances its technology and can now perform more complex orthodontic corrections than in the past.  Ask Dr. Campbell if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.