Types of Braces


General Orthodontic Treatments in Topeka & Lawrence

At Hamilton, Wilson, & Hendrickson Orthodontics, our mission is to create beautiful, healthy smiles through high-quality orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontic practice serving Lawrence, Topeka, and the surrounding areas, our Topeka orthodontists strive to create personalized treatment plans that help our patients truly achieve their dream smiles, and we work hard to make treatment convenient for any lifestyle.

We understand that every patient is different, and that means every patient has unique needs and wants in their orthodontic treatment – but thankfully, we offer a variety of different types of braces to suit the needs of our patients. Take a look at the types of braces we offer from our Lawrence & Topeka practices to help you achieve a gorgeous new smile:

What are the Different Types of Braces?

Damon® Metal Braces

metal_colorWhen our patients picture braces, the first thing that comes to mind is usually metal braces. That makes sense, as metal braces are still the most popular and reliable treatment we offer. But at Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics, we're proud to use Damon metal braces: a modern, less-noticeable bracket that provides faster and more effective treatment.

Damon braces are sleeker and more efficient than traditional braces, and they use an innovative sliding door style bracket that promotes self-litigation. This means the bracket doesn't require elastic ties and the archwire is free to slide within the bracket, which can potentially shorten treatment times and create a more comfortable treatment experience.  Constructed from high-grade stainless steel, the Damon System represents one of the most advanced forms of braces on the market today.

Damon® Clear Ceramic Braces

For patients looking for a more discreet option that still carries the same reliability and cost-effectiveness of braces, Damon Clear ceramic braces offer the perfect solution. These are the same size and shape as metal braces, except instead of stainless steel, the brackets are made from a clear ceramic material that effortlessly blends in with the teeth. Due to their cosmetic appeal and relative concealment, ceramic braces are most popular with adult patients. They are also a better fit for adult braces because they are a bit more fragile and less affordable than metal braces.


invisalignFinally, for patients seeking a truly discreet form of orthodontic treatment in Topeka or Lawrence, HWH Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign, the most modern and comfortable approach to straightening teeth. While technically not braces because of its lack of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a custom-made series of plastic aligners that mold your smile over time. The aligners are almost invisible when worn and won't show up in pictures, and because they're removable, it's easy to take them out for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene. Invisalign® has proven to be the smoothest, most comfortable, and least noticeable appliance for teeth alignment. Based on a personalized plan created by our staff, your teeth’s exact movements can be monitored without metal brackets or wires to tighten. And the best part? Most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.


Finally, our practice offers comprehensive retention therapy to patients of all ages in Topeka and Lawrence. For most people, the retention phase will come at the end of orthodontic treatment. This means that once you finish with your braces or Invisalign treatment, we'll fit you with a retainer to help keep your teeth in place and prevent tooth regression. In some cases where a patient needs only very minor tooth movement, we may even be able to correct the smile using retention along – but only your Lawrence orthodontist can decide that.

Schedule an Appointment with Lawrence & Topeka's Top Orthodontist

Each type of braces comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, and your Topeka orthodontist will talk closely with you to help you choose the ideal treatment for your lifestyle and needs. If you're ready to start on the path towards a new smile, we'd love to help. Contact us today to learn more about orthodontic treatment, or feel free to go ahead and request your consultation online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a gorgeous, healthy new smile!