Types of Braces

Types of Braces


When you’re looking for an orthodontist in Lakewood, CA, we at Lakewood Dental Arts are proud to be your premier choice. With our highly-efficient orthodontic treatments, from braces to Invisalign, we’re capable of putting you on the path toward a straighter and healthier smile. We understand that each patient has different needs, which is why we strive to offer such a wide range of orthodontic treatments. Listed below are some of the braces that we offer in our Lakewood, CA office.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most popular form of orthodontic treatment and the one that you’re likely most familiar with. Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel and their brackets are bonded to the front of a patient’s teeth. An archwire runs through these brackets, which helps guide the teeth into proper alignment. Modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more aesthetically-pleasing than braces of the past.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces do, but with one clear difference – the brackets are made of ceramic instead of metal. This allows a patient to have a more discreet orthodontic treatment as the braces will blend into his or her natural tooth color. This type of braces is very popular amongst adults for its cosmetic appeal. The only downsides to ceramic braces are that they’re more fragile than metal braces and the elastic ties can tend to discolor between orthodontic visits.


Unlike traditional braces that use brackets and wires to shift a patient’s teeth, Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to help with alignment. Invisalign offers the most discreet treatment possible since the aligners are virtually invisible to those around you. Because the aligners are made of polyurethane plastic, Invisalign also provides much more comfort for your mouth. Invisalign isn’t always suitable for all patients, so it’s important to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist in Lakewood, CA to see if you’re a candidate.

Contact Your Orthodontist in Lakewood, CA!

If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign or if you’re interested in any of our other orthodontic treatments, please feel free to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (562) 866-1735. If you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon and help put you on the path toward a straighter and healthier smile!