Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s technology, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth so no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them. These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and to your dental situation. We design our lingual system custom to each patient’s needs; including custom brackets and integrated replacement teeth.

Incognito brackets have the unique prescription that Dr. Riolo will create for you built-in to ensure you get the results that you want. With our custom lingual system you maximize comfort and effective tooth movements while at the same time delivering unsurpassed aesthetics.

Custom Lingual Braces

Removable Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners (such as Invisalign) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Clear aligners Riolo Orthodontics in Seattle, WA
Custom manufactured to each patients needs, we have control over each step of the manufacturing process from the staging to the choice of aligner materials and custom replacement teeth when needed.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel or gold, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Braces Riolo Orthodontics in Seattle, WA
We offer traditional Silver, Gold and Clear braces

Clear Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.

We also offer custom 3D printed ceramic braces called “Light Force”.