Align Your Smile With Band & Bracket Or Ceramic Braces

At Green Valley Orthodontics in Putnam, CT, band and bracket braces and ceramic braces are two popular treatments we offer our patients. Both of these options are designed to straighten teeth and enhance smiles. However, they differ in their composition, appearance, and some functional aspects.

Band and Bracket Braces:

Band and bracket braces are also known as traditional metal braces. They consist of metal brackets affixed to the teeth and connected by a network of wires. The brackets are made from high-grade stainless steel, making them durable and effective.

These braces apply continuous pressure on the teeth, gently guiding them into their correct positions. Over time, the bone surrounding the teeth adjusts to the new positions, resulting in a beautifully aligned smile. Our orthodontist periodically tightens the wires in these braces to maintain the desired pressure for tooth movement.

Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic braces, often called clear braces, share a similar design to band and bracket braces. However, they use brackets made from a translucent ceramic material. This aesthetic advantage makes them less noticeable than traditional metal braces, making them popular for those who desire a more discreet orthodontic option.


  • Appearance: The most apparent distinction is appearance. Band and bracket braces are conspicuous due to their metallic components, whereas ceramic braces are less noticeable thanks to their tooth-colored brackets.
  • Durability: Metal braces are generally more robust and less prone to staining or breaking than ceramic braces. Ceramic brackets may require more careful maintenance.
  • Cost: Ceramic braces tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces due to their aesthetic appeal and the higher cost of materials.
  • Maintenance: Both types require regular cleaning, but ceramic braces may require more attention to prevent staining.

Contact us today to determine which option best suits your specific needs, and rest assured that you're on your way to a healthier, more confident smile.

Contact Green Valley Orthodontics in Putnam About Band & Bracket Or Ceramic Braces Today!

  • Straighten your smile reliably
  • Make it easier to brush and floss
  • Prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Achieve a straighter, healthier-looking smile!