Getting to Your Amazing Smile

Your orthodontic treatment is always personal. Orthodontics is affected by a wide range of factors (like age, goals, and many, many differences in teeth), so no two people have the same treatment. At Appel, we provide a variety of treatment options. If you want to learn about them ahead of time, we’ve provided descriptions here. We can also discuss your options in person at a complimentary first visit.

Types of Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

In addition to these traditional types of braces, Appel Orthodontics also offers clear braces, including SimpliClear, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, as well as Damon System self-ligating braces. Visit our Technology page to learn more.

Early Treatment

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, starting early makes the process easier and cheaper.

Find out how early treatment can help your child.

Adult Treatment

Braces aren’t just for kids anymore! Now, more than ever before, adults are seeking orthodontic treatment.

Read more: Adult Treatment

Two Phase Orthodontics Treatment

Two Phase treatment starts early and begins with aligning the jaw (which often leads to better tooth placement).

Read more: Two Phase Orthodontics Treatment


You want to keep your pretty smile long after your braces come off. With our retention stage, we’ll help you do just that.

Read more: Retention