Types of Braces

Metal Braces

metal_colorMetal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic Braces

clearCeramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

MTM® No•Trace Brackets

lingualFor patients who only need minimal tooth shifting, MTM® No•Trace brackets are the perfect solution! Instead of having bulky metal braces on the front of your teeth for everyone to see, MTM® No•Trace brackets are bonded to the back side, or lingual side, of your teeth. They will be completely hidden and undetectable. MTM® No•Trace brackets are also very effective, giving you results in 12-14 weeks.

Invisalign® System

invisalignThe Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates – called aligners – that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign System.


To learn more about the benefits of braces, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible. As always, the consultation is complimentary!

The skilled orthodontists at Anderson Orthodontics provides braces, teeth straightening, retainers, Invisalign and related services to patients throughout the Richmond area from our two convenient offices, including patients in Mechanicsville, Chamberlayne, Highland Springs, Sandston, Varina, Bon Air, Midlothian, Chesterfield, Chester, Farmville, Jetersville, Cumberland, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Fort Lee, Ettrick, Prince George, New Bohemia and Hopewell, Virginia.