Types of Braces


If you live in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake areas and are unhappy with your current smile, Eastern Virginia Orthodontics can help with several types of braces or Invisalign clear aligners! Our accomplished orthodontists can’t wait to evaluate your orthodontic problems and develop an individualized treatment plan that will put you on the path to a perfect smile. Our friendly staff will welcome you to our fun and comfortable atmosphere and work with you to develop a finance plan that will fit your needs. While we offer the latest orthodontic technologies, oftentimes the best treatment plan for our patients involves a traditional type of braces.

Fixed Appliances vs. Removal Appliances

In orthodontic terms, clear braces and metal braces are all considered fixed appliances because they are affixed to your teeth with metal bands and/or a special adhesive. Fixed appliances can usually correct even the most severe orthodontic problem. Our orthodontists have years of experience with fixed appliance treatments. But at Eastern Virginia Orthodontics, we also know that no one type of treatment is going to work for every patient. That’s why Dr. Shivar and Dr. Peluso also offer removal appliances like Invisalign clear aligners. Rather than being cemented to your teeth removable clear aligners are worn 22 hours a day and taken out when you eat and clean them.

Metal Braces

Many of our adolescent patients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake actually celebrate the time they can have the chance to have traditional metal braces and embrace the “metal mouth” term because it signifies their journey to a new, beautiful smile. These appliances include metal bands that are placed around the back teeth and small brackets that are secured to all of the other teeth. Then, a bendable wire is custom-fitted through the brackets and braces and is adjusted to gradually move your teeth into place. Metal braces have been proven very effective and are the most economical orthodontic treatment available. They have changed a great deal since they were first introduced and are now much smaller, lighter and more comfortable. For fun, our patients enjoy choosing colorful elastics for their brackets that showcases their personality.

Ceramic Braces

With ceramic braces, you get the benefits of the highly effective metal braces, with the unobtrusiveness of clear aligners. Instead of metal, ceramic braces are made from a translucent ceramic material that matches your tooth color so that your braces treatment is almost invisible. Ceramic braces are popular with adults and those patients who want to have their teeth straightened without being so obvious.

There are several types of ceramic braces now available and the technology is always improving. Ceramic braces are definitely sought after for their invisible-like characteristics, but they are not as strong as metal braces and they are more costly than metal braces.

Get Started With Your Braces Today!

At Eastern Virginia Orthodontics, we believe that every patient should have the confident, beautiful smile they deserve. Contact our Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake offices today and schedule your first visit. Our orthodontists will evaluate your individual circumstance and prepare a comprehensive orthodontic plan for you that fits your needs and budget. We’ll also be sure to answer all of your questions regarding your orthodontic issue. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful new smile that'll last you the rest of your life!