Types of Braces

Smiles by CDO is excited to offer several different types of braces for our patients in the San Antonio area. Our orthodontists will work with you on an individual basis to help determine the braces that will meet your cost and cosmetic preferences. Standard metal braces have undergone major changes in the past decade to more comfortable and attractive than they were in the past. Clear and Invisalign® braces are great options for those who are not fond of the typical appearance of braces. Whether you come to us for your own braces or braces for your children, we will help you completely understand every aspect of this process.

metal_thin.pngMetal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

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Clear braces are made of translucent ceramic material. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

invisalign.pngInvisalign® System

The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign System.

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Dr. Oliver uses SPEED braces in his practice. SPEED braces are among the smallest brackets ever invented. SPEED braces are known for shortening office visits due to their ease of use by staff.


In this era of technology, a technique that shortens conventional orthodontic treatments for patients from 24 months down to six months for selected bite problems has proven particularly exciting. Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (AOO) treatment involves combining braces and gum procedures. The AOO procedure is a result of the pioneering work of Drs. Thomas and William Wilcko. This ultra-quick perio-ortho treatment has proven safe and effective for teens and adults since it was first introduced more than a decade ago.