Fixed Appliances

Traditional Metal Braces

The most common type of braces are the traditional metal braces. These braces are smaller and more comfortable today than they’ve ever been before. Metal braces straighten teeth using metal brackets and arched wires made from high-grade stainless steel. Patients may add colored elastics (rubber bands) that fit around their braces, making these braces fully customizable, fun and unique for wearers of all ages.

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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are less visible on teeth than metal braces, as they are made of clear, tooth-colored materials. This makes them popular with older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns with wearing traditional metal braces. Although this style of braces is not as visible as metal braces, ceramic braces do have drawbacks such as being larger than traditional metal braces as well as not being as resistant to damage as are traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces tend to be used more on front teeth than lower teeth. Ask Dr. Melanie for braces in San Diego if this is the right treatment for you.


Removable Appliances


Invisalign® is the latest trend in teeth straightening, offering a modern approach to orthodontics. A series of removable, custom-made invisible aligners are made for the Patient using 3-D computer imaging. Each aligner is individually created to gradually shift teeth to their proper position. During the process, the Patient will visit the office about once every six weeks to ensure the alignment is proceeding as desired. Dr. Melanie offers complimentary consultations to discuss if Invisalign® is right for you.

How Does it Work?

A fully customized series of aligners is made for each Patient using modern 3-D imaging technology. These aligners are switched out every two weeks. You will notice your teeth will shift gradually and comfortably, leaving you with the straight smile you desire.

Why Choose Invisalign®?

  • Clear – The aligners do not show up in photos as they are virtually invisible.
  • Removable – YYou don’t have to refrain from eating certain foods or worry about getting food stuck in your braces.
  • Maximum Comfort – The aligners have smooth, rounded edges and are made from plastic.
  • Efficient – This method requires fewer appointments than traditional braces and the office visits are quick, painless and easy for Patients.

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Invisalign® Teen

Teens may be worried about metal braces in their Prom photos or sustaining injuries or damage to braces while playing sports. Invisalign® Teen clear aligners are a great solution cosmetically as they are virtually invisible. The aligners are also removable, allowing the Patient to eat what they want without the concern of breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. These aligners are also very comfortable and durable and they will not interfere with any of your extracurricular activities. Whether you’re an athlete, in the school band or the lead in the school’s play, you will never worry about your braces. Invisalign® Teen will let you continue participating in all of your favorite activities without worrying about your teeth!

What sets them apart from Invisalign®?

Invisalign® Teen have a special wear indicator allowing Dr. Melanie to monitor treatment progress and track wear time for efficient and effective results.

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