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Types of Braces

Congratulations! You’ve decided to get braces, or it’s time for your son or daughter to have braces. Either way, there are big changes ahead. You’re about to find out what a difference straight teeth can make in your smile and to your everyday life. But first, you and Dr. Cartwright need to decide which type of braces are best for you. There are several considerations, not the least of which are your orthodontic needs and your budget. Let’s take a look at the types of braces offered at Cartwright Orthodontics, the top provider of children’s braces in McMurray & Bethel Park.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. They consist of metal brackets made of high-grade stainless steel that are bonded to the facial side of teeth, usually along both the upper and lower arches, as well an archwire. This thin archwire is clipped into the brackets and runs along your entire arch in order to put pressure on your teeth. Elastic rings, also called o-rings or donuts, secure the archwire to the brackets. To anchor the archwire, bands or metal rings are usually placed around your back teeth. Together, these materials work to move your teeth up or down and side-to-side to give you the straight smile.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients or older teens due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile and they are a little larger than traditional metal brackets.

Another consideration when you’re deciding what type of braces to wear is cost. Ceramic braces are also typically a little more expensive than metal braces.


Simpli5 is your fast and simple aligner system for minor-to-moderate anterior crowding or spacing. Developed by Ormco’s AOA Lab, Simpli5 consists of up to five sequential trays for dual- and single-arch cases. Each tray generates up to 1/2mm of movement, or 5mm overall for a dual arch case.

Simpli5 is ideal for a variety of orthodontic concerns including:

  • Upper arch with spacing
  • Rotated upper incisors
  • Generalized lower spacing
  • Crowded upper arch
  • Crowded lower arch

Once Dr. Cartwright submits impressions of your teeth to Simpli5’s developer, Ormco AOA Lab, you’re aligners will usually arrive in our office with three to four weeks. All you have to do is wear your aligners according to instructions from Dr. Cartwright and you’ll begin to see your teeth move into proper alignment.

Like other aligner systems for orthodontics, Simpli5 are clear and removable. They also typically cost less than comparable systems.

If you would like more information about any of the orthodontic systems that Dr. Cartwright offers, please call us at (724) 825-4536 (Bethel Park) or (724) 825-4536 (McMurray).  For children or adults, Bethel Park and McMurray parents continually rate Cartwright Orthodontics very high for treating each patient as an individual with unique concerns, exceeding expectations and keeping patients abreast of what is going on throughout treatment.

Bethel Park Office

Dr. Gary Cartwright, DMD
4880 Library Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
(412) 833-6188

McMurray Office

Dr. Gary Cartwright, DMD
2000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 160
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 942-5130

Complimentary Exam

Dr. Cartwright offers a complimentary consultation for children under 18 that consists of a panoramic x-ray, photographs, a thorough orthodontic examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.

4880 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 USA
Gary Cartwright, DMD Bethel Park, PA Orthodontist. (412) 833-6188
2000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 160, McMurray, PA 15317 USA
Gary Cartwright, DMD McMurray, PA Orthodontist (724) 942-5130