Types of Braces

When it comes to braces at Robert A Ritucci, DMD, PC, you can expect nothing less than the best. Dr. Ritucci uses advanced orthodontic techniques and technologies, evaluating each to determine their appropriateness for your needs. By offering a full range of orthodontic treatment options, we can customize your treatment to create the most stunning results. 

Metal Braces

metal braces

When it comes to appliances that are fixed or glued to your teeth, metal braces are the workhorse. They are used more often than any other type of bracket at our Plymouth and Sandwich offices and are appropriate for patients of all ages. Metal braces have a slot that holds the archwire, which exerts a force on the tooth causing it to move. An elastic o-ring or metal tie is used to hold the wire in the slot. The o-rings come in many colors and are changed at each visit. Metal braces are used for any malocclusion and have the least number of risks and limitations. 


Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Dr. Ritucci also uses  SmartClip™ self-ligating braces in both his Plymouth and Sandwich, MA locations. Self-ligating braces are similar to metal braces in function and are appropriate for any age and malocclusion. Instead of holding the wire in the slot with an elastic o-ring, the bracket has either a door or clips that hold the wire in place. Self-ligating braces are easier to clean because plaque tends to stick more to o-rings than metal. 


Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear braces

Clarity™ SL clear braces are the aesthetic alternative to metal braces. They are similar to metal braces in function, but the brackets are made of glass so they match the color of your teeth. Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way that traditional braces do and are just as effective; they are simply less visible.


Clear Aligners


Aligners are the newest way of moving teeth. They are removable clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and exert light forces to move the teeth in very small increments. It is an alternative to fixed appliances for someone who is looking for the most aesthetic option.

Case selection is critical with clear aligners because not all types of problems can be treated with them. The ideal candidate for clear aligners is an adult who has mild spacing or mild crowding and is looking for limited treatment. 

To learn more about the types of braces we offer, schedule a consultation at our Plymouth or Sandwich, MA orthodontic offices or the surrounding communities of Manomet, Bourne, Kingston, Carver, West Barnstable, Mashpee, or Duxbury, MA. We look forward to meeting you!

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