Types of Braces


At Centre Orthodontics, we strive to provide high quality orthodontic care in a fun, friendly office environment. Dr. Teper-Adler and her highly trained team are passionate about creating healthy, beautiful smiles, and we have years of experience treating patients from all over Melbourne and beyond. We use the latest in advanced orthodontic technology in our office, and utilize a variety of different orthodontic techniques and procedures.

Ceramic Braces

clear.pngMade of a translucent (clear) material, ceramic braces have become very popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal low-visibility appearance. The only drawback to ceramic braces is that they're slightly more fragile than metal braces, and the elastic ties can discolor between visits - particularly for coffee drinkers.



Invisalign is a revolutionary new treatment that does away with metal brackets and wires entirely. Instead, it uses a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible and completely removable, meaning almost no one will know you're having your teeth straightened and you'll have none of the dietary restrictions of braces!

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The Damon System

damonq.pngInvented by Dr. Dwight Damon, Damon braces use a special technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket, so they require no elastic or steel ties. This creates less friction, resulting in more comfortable treatment in less time with fewer orthodontic visits.

Lingual/Incognito Braces

incognito1.pngIncognito braces are truly invisible. They use the same time-tested technology as traditional braces, but instead of being placed on the outside of the teeth, lingual braces are bonded to the inside (tongue-side) surface - making them invisible from the outside. They're completely customizable to the shape of your teeth, are created using state-of-the-art technology, and provide efficient, effective tooth movement with almost no aesthetic impact.

In-Ovation C

inovationc.pngIn-Ovation is another type of braces using a self-ligating bracket, but are smaller, stronger, and more efficient thanks to a built-in clip that holds the archwires in place without elastic ties. This reduces aesthetic impact, increases comfort, and creates reliable, consistent results. Their ceramic translucency makes them a great choice for working, image-conscious professionals.


herbst.pngOne of the most common conditions we see at our office is upper front teeth protrusion - when the upper jaw extends too far past the lower. But contrary to first appearances, more often than not, the problem isn't the upper jaw being too large - it's the lower jaw is too small and far back. 

A Herbst appliance fixes overbite by attacking the root of the problem - the lower jaw. A Herbst appliance gradually changes the positioning of the lower jaw, helping to correct overbite and create a more natural, functional smile and bite. Unlike with many other jaw positioning appliances, patients using the Herbst system can still easily open and close their jaws and have no trouble learning to chew food with their lower jaw in this new position.

As with all forms of braces, you'll need to be careful about the foods you eat. Avoid cold foods like slushies and popsicles that can freeze the cement and loosen your braces, and also stay away from sticky and hard foods that can jam hinges or break off brackets. If you develop any sore spots during treatment, don't try to adjust the appliance yourself - call us so we can make an appointment to make the changes properly.


TAD.pngTADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are one of the most important advances in recent orthodontic history. Made of bio-compatible titanium alloy, TADs are miniscrew anchor points that can be placed at specific points in the mouth, providing a sturdy anchor by which to move teeth. TADs allow orthodontists to move some teeth while keeping others still, opening up new opportunities for tooth movement without the use of unsightly headgear.

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Contact Your Melbourne Orthodontist

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