Peterson Orthodontics

1312 S. Washington Ave., Ste C | Emmett, ID 83617 | 208-365-6800

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Types of Braces

Traditional Braces

Silver Metal Braces

Silver Braces are the most common type of braces that we use in our office. These braces are made from medical grade stainless steel. The components include metal brackets bonded to the tooth surface, a wire that runs through the brackets, and colored or clear elastics to hold the wire in place.

Gold Braces

Gold braces have all of the same components as silver braces, except they are obviously coated with gold instead of the complete silver look. We do not have an additional charge for gold braces in our office. The gold brackets we use reflect light more naturally than silver and are often slightly less noticeable. Some hesitate to try gold thinking it will be too flashy, but most that give it a go really end up liking it and receive a lot of positive comments regarding them.

Clear Orthodontic Appliances

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made from a variety of clear materials. Many patients prefer these because they are less visible than the metal options. While the brackets are clear and harder to see, treatment still requires the use of a metal wire through the brackets. Attention to oral hygiene is important with clear brackets because they are more brittle than metal braces. In general they are used mostly on the upper, more visible teeth. This keeps from damaging the upper teeth upon biting.


Invisalign® consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that straighten teeth. Each aligner is changed every one to two weeks and gradually uses different pressure points to accomplish the same movements as traditional braces. Best of all, you can’t see them! Another great advantage, since they are removable, is that you can take them out to eat and to clean your teeth. This means you can eat whatever you want without being concerned about damaging your appliances, and you will be able to clean your teeth quickly and more efficiently. Invisalign® treatment ranges from just a few months for minor corrections to full treatment length for bite correction. It is a great option if you are just looking to touch up a few minor details for the perfect smile. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.

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