Types of Braces

At Sunset Orthodontics we provide a variety of different types of braces for all patients who want a beautiful, radiant smile for years to come.  We have an orthodontic treatment to suit your style at all of our offices.  Dr.Yarbrough has 18 years of expertise detecting problematic orthodontic conditions in growing mouths and providing solutions that meet your needs! Choose from Clear tray systems, traditional metal braces, and ceramic clear braces.

Traditional (Metal) Braces

treatment-metalWhen you think of braces, the first thing that likely comes to mind is metal brackets and wires tightly adhered to the teeth, or a “mouth full of metal.” Today’s traditional braces are far less invasive or obvious. Many are smaller and incorporate heat-activated arch wires that use the body’s heat to expedite results and reduce associated pain.


  • Most cost effective
  • Colored bands available


  • Most noticeable form of braces

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

treatment-ceramicCeramic brace were once known as clear braces. They are the same size and shape as traditional braces, but the brackets mimic the color of the teeth or are clear. Your orthodontist may even give you the option of clear wires to further reduce the visual evidence of the braces.


  • Less visually evident compared to metal braces
  • Proven to produce results faster than plastic aligners, such as Invisalign


  • Greater expense compared to metal braces
  • Brackets may stain easily
  • Greater care required to maintain “clear” appearance

Lingual Braces

treatment-lingualLingual braces are the least common form of braces. These braces look and feel exactly like traditional metal braces; however, they are placed on the inside of the teeth (the area facing the tongue.)


  • Completely invisible from exterior observation


  • Difficult to clean
  • Expensive
  • Cannot treat severe cases
  • Greater initial discomfort
  • Routine adjustments are difficult and make for lengthy appointments


treatment-invisalignThe newest form of braces is rapidly become the most popular, especially among the adult population. Invisalign braces are a series of 18 to 30 tailor-made, clear, plastic teeth aligners that resemble a mouth guard. Every two weeks, the aligners are removed and replaced to progress toward results.


  • Visually invisible
  • No restrictions of food and beverage intake


  • Not suitable for all orthodontics cases
  • Not braces for kids, only available for adults and teens
  • Among most expensive options
  • May be easily lost
  • Replacements are costly
  • Achievement of results may take longer than with traditional braces

Orthodontic Office Locations


Clearwater Florida Orthodontist
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(727) 797-5460 braces@orthosunset.com 2450 Sunset Point Road
Suite B
Clearwater, FL 33765


Tampa Florida Orthodontist
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(813) 749-7116 braces@orthosunset.com 16688 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

Professional Associations

Sunset Orthodontics is an active member of the following professional associations:

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