Types of Braces

Here at Hansen Orthodontics, we are proud to offer many different types of braces to give you the smile you deserve.

Since all patients are different, especially when it comes to their wants and needs, we offer different braces to give everyone the smile they want.

Traditional Metal

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and have been used successfully for decades. They consist of high-grade stainless steel brackets and wires that apply gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions. Some patients like to decorate their braces with colored rubber bands to give them a colorful and unique smile.

What sets them apart is their durability and effectiveness in treating even the most complex orthodontic cases. While they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever before.

Clear Ceramic

If you’re looking for a more subtle orthodontic solution, clear ceramic braces might be the right choice for you. These braces work in the same way as traditional metal braces but are made from a clear ceramic material that blends in with your teeth for a less noticeable appearance.

Ceramic braces are a popular choice among adults and older teenagers who desire a more aesthetic treatment option. However, they require careful care and maintenance, as they can stain more easily than their metal counterparts.


Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in design and function, but they stand out due to their golden color. These braces are made of stainless steel but are coated in gold. The gold coating enhances the appearance of the braces, offering a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces.

Gold braces are often chosen for their stylish and unique look. They are just as durable and effective as traditional metal braces, providing a reliable and fashionable orthodontic treatment option.

Champagne (Rose Gold)

Champagne braces, also known as rose gold braces, offer a unique and modern twist on orthodontic treatment. These braces combine the strength of metal braces with a chic champagne hue for a blend of aesthetics and functionality.

Champagne braces are a popular choice among those looking for a fashionable yet understated orthodontic solution. They provide the same level of effectiveness as traditional braces but with a unique color that sets them apart.


Self-ligating braces are a technologically advanced option that reduces friction between the bracket and the wire, potentially shortening treatment time. We offer both Damon and Empower brand self-ligating braces at Hansen Orthodontics.

Damon Bracket System

The Damon Bracket System is renowned for its advanced technology and design. These braces use a unique slide mechanism that eliminates the need for elastics or metal ties. This allows for greater freedom of movement, resulting in faster, more comfortable tooth alignment.

One of the key benefits of the Damon system is its potential to reduce treatment time. Because the brackets self-adjust, they require fewer adjustments and less maintenance than traditional braces. This means fewer visits to the orthodontist, saving you time and inconvenience.

Additionally, the Damon system uses high-tech, shape-memory wires that move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments. This makes the Damon system a particularly good option for patients seeking a more efficient orthodontic treatment.

Empower Bracket System

The Empower Bracket System is another excellent choice for self-ligating braces. Like the Damon system, Empower braces use a slide mechanism instead of elastics to hold the wire, reducing friction and allowing your teeth to move more freely and comfortably.

One of the standout features of the Empower system is its versatility. Empower brackets are available in both active and passive designs, allowing your orthodontist to tailor your treatment to your specific needs. Active brackets provide more control for precise tooth alignment, while passive brackets allow for freer tooth movement, enhancing comfort during the early stages of treatment.

Furthermore, Empower brackets are designed with patient comfort in mind. They feature a low-profile design and smooth, rounded edges to reduce irritation and discomfort.

Braces For Kids

Orthodontic intervention at an early age can play a vital role in a child’s overall dental health. At Hansen Orthodontics, we believe that braces for kids are about more than just creating aesthetically pleasing smiles. They also help correct bite problems, improve oral hygiene, and enhance self-esteem.

Children with misaligned teeth may face difficulties in chewing and speaking. Early treatment with braces can rectify these issues, leading to improved function and preventing more severe problems down the line. Moreover, straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

When your child gets braces, there are several things you can expect. The application process is painless, though your child might experience some discomfort as their mouth adjusts to the braces. Regular orthodontic appointments will be necessary for adjustments and progress monitoring. It’s also essential to encourage good oral hygiene habits at home, including regular brushing and flossing.

At Hansen Orthodontics, we strive to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your child. Our friendly staff provides gentle care, taking the time to explain each step of the process to both you and your child. We also offer a range of braces options, including colorful bands for metal braces, which many children enjoy.

Early orthodontic treatment can provide a strong foundation for your child’s oral health, setting them up for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. If you think your child might benefit from braces, don’t hesitate to contact us to request a free consultation. We’re here to answer all your questions and guide you and your child through the process.

Braces For Teens

The teenage years are an ideal time for orthodontic treatment. Most permanent teeth have erupted by this time, making it easier to identify and correct potential dental issues. Braces for teens can help boost self-confidence, improve oral health, and create beautiful smiles that can last a lifetime.

Life with braces for teenagers does involve some changes. There may be certain dietary restrictions to avoid damaging the braces, such as avoiding hard, sticky, or chewy foods. Regular orthodontic visits are necessary for adjustments and to check progress. However, with advancements in orthodontic technology, options like clear ceramic braces and Invisalign are available that are less noticeable and can make the journey to a perfect smile more comfortable.

At Hansen Orthodontics, we understand that teenagers have unique needs when it comes to orthodontic treatment. That’s why we offer a variety of braces options. We work closely with our teenage patients and their parents to choose the best treatment option and create a personalized treatment plan.

Teenagers wearing braces also learn valuable lessons in responsibility and self-care. Caring for braces involves regular brushing and flossing, avoiding certain foods, and attending regular orthodontic appointments. These habits can serve teens well throughout their lives, promoting lasting oral health.

Braces can provide teenagers with straight teeth and a beautiful smile, boosting their self-confidence during these crucial years. If you think your teenager might benefit from braces, we invite you to contact us to request a free consultation.

Braces For Adults

Contrary to common belief, braces aren’t just for kids and teens. It’s never too late to improve your smile and oral health. Adult braces can correct crooked teeth, overcrowded mouths, and bite problems, improving oral hygiene and boosting self-confidence.

Investing in braces as an adult is worthwhile. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Moreover, a beautiful smile can have profound effects on personal and professional interactions.

At Hansen Orthodontics, we understand that adults have unique concerns when it comes to orthodontic treatment. That’s why we offer flexible appointment times to accommodate busy schedules, and a range of treatment options to suit different lifestyles and preferences.

Adult braces can provide significant benefits, from improved oral health to increased self-esteem. If you’re considering braces as an adult, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation. We’re here to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

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