Traditional Metal Braces, Clear Braces, Ceramic Braces, Lingual Braces, Self Ligating Braces and Invisalign

Get Braces In San Francisco CA

With today’s new orthodontic advancements, there are more teeth straightening options than ever before. Cucalon Orthodontics proudly offers a variety of braces options to get you the smile you always dreamed of having. Dr. Cucalon uses braces to deliver the most consistent and stable results in smile correction and root alignment. Some of the most challenging cases Dr. Cucalon treats are skeletal discrepancies such as severe overjet (horizontal component), severe overbite (vertical component), crossbites, underbites, straight or retrognathic (flat) profiles, high gum lines (gummy smile), and severe crowding requiring expansion.

All Ages

At Cucalon Orthodontics we provide braces and orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.

All Types of Braces

We provide different types of braces from metal braces to lingual braces and Invisalign.

Most Insurances

At Cucalon Orthodontics we accept most major dental insurance plans.
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Braces Types

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when they think of orthodontic treatment. Due to recent orthodontic advancements metal braces are more compact, less noticeable and more comfortable than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are still one of the most effective smile correcting options available. Traditional braces also give the patient the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands), bringing a personal touch to each smile.

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners are a series of clear medical-grade plastic aligners that are custom created for each individual to gradually move teeth into alignment. These aligners are metal free and removable, so eating, flossing and brushing can be done hassle free. Due to the material of the aligners, trays appear to be almost invisible when worn and are preferable among patients seeking a more discrete smile correcting option.

Herbst Appliance

The Herbst is a growth modification appliance that is used when the upper jaw is too far forward compared to the lower jaw. It replaces the old-fashioned headgear and can prevent surgery and extractions in certain cases. Normally, the appliance is worn for at least 1 year, but improvement in a patient’s bite can be seen in as little as 3-9 months.


Self-ligating braces involve the use of sliding-door technology known as "self-ligation." Self-ligation allows the arch wires to slide back and forth within the bracket. Elastic or steel ties are unnecessary with this system of braces, therefore causing less friction and increased comfort for patients. Additionally, self-ligating braces can quicken treatment time and reduce the number of required adjustments throughout treatment.


What Our Patients Say

Great team here at Cucalon! They fast tracked a straighter smile for me just in time for my wedding. After, Dr. Cucalon, knew we could get my teeth even straighter, so we started a couple refining rounds and I couldn’t be happier. They are a passionate group and serious about results.

Cate M.

Invisalign Patient

Dr. Cucalon is great. Amazing demeanor and approach and has built a great team around him. Has done excellent work for my whole family

Brian Carr

Family Ortho Patients

Cucalon Orthodontics is first class all the way. It has been our experience with all four of our children to be professionally taken care of with a super friendly staff. The office is innovative and efficient. Dr. Cucalon and his staff are cutting edge. All four of our kids have beautiful smiles thanks to Cucalon Orthodontics.

Dan S.

Children Braces

I’m seeing Dr. Cucalon for Invisalign. I am so impressed with how thoroughly the process was explained and now, as I am nearing completion, I can say it has gone so smoothly with terrific results. Everyone in the office is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. A huge thanks to Dr. Cucalon and his team!

M E.

Invisalign Patient

My son has been seeing Dr. Cucalon for his braces. His braces were done in two phases so I think we’ve been seeing Dr. Cucalon for about 4 years now. Work is top notch. Staff is very friendly. They also try to fit you in ASAP if there’s an emergency. My son had two incidents where the wire popped out (his fault, not the staff’s) and I was able to get an appointment the next business day.

Wendy H.

Two-Phase Treatment Patient

Both my son and daughter had their orthodontic work done at Dr Cucalon. This is a very straight-forward experience. Pricing is clear. Expectations are discussed right from the beginning. No surprises. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Everyone in the office is top notch! Absolutely check them out!

Cece H.

Children Orthodontics

Dr. Cucalon and staff are incredibly patient and understanding when it comes to working with kids. We used another orthodontist with our older child and were referred to Dr. Cucalon for our younger child. We couldn’t be happier wIth the switch!

Alex k.

Kids Braces

I’m currently seeing Doctor Cucalon for invisalign. He and his staff are always super nice and accommodating. I once had the appointment date wrong in my cal and showed up on the wrong date – they happened to be there and took me in that morning! All in all I can’t recommend Doctor Cucalon and his staff enough.

J L.

Invisalign Patient

We have used Dr. Cucalon for braces all 3 of our children and even myself for Invisalign. Everyone in both offices are kind and gentle and we have been very happy with our results!

Sofie D.

Invisalign Patient

Dr Cucalon and staff are fantastic. Appointments are quick and convenient. They are super flexible and accommodate weekend appointments as well. Have had two children in braces here and have had a great experience.

Heather L.

Kids Braces

I saw Dr. Cucalon for invisalign and I love my teeth now! I also loved working with him and the staff there. They were very attentive, patient, personal, and efficient. When the time comes for my daughter to get braces, I will be heading back.

Courtney G.

Invisalign Patient

I was thinking of getting Invisalign a few years back before my wedding. My friend referred me to Dr. Cucalon telling me I won’t regret a visit with him. After first meeting Dr. Cucalon I felt very comfortable about my decision to get started with Invisalign. He was very welcoming, truly listened to my desires on how I wanted my teeth to look, and did not rush the process. He made sure I loved my smile & let me extremely happy with the final product. I’d recommend Dr. Cucalon as he works hard to make sure each of his clients are pleased.

Kelly C.

Invisalign Patient

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting braces isn’t like any other dental treatment. No injections or drills required! When braces are first put on your teeth, the skin of your lips and mouth will need to get used to your braces but this only takes a few days. Sometimes when your wires are adjusted and your teeth are moving, it creates pressure on your gums and teeth, but this becomes manageable in just a few days.
Yes, but make sure you wear a protective mouth guard. Ask Dr. Cucalon to recommend the right kind of mouth guard while you are having orthodontic treatment. Keep your smile beautiful after treatment and wear a mouth guard at every practice and every game. It is better to be cautious than sorry.

With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.

Keeping your teeth, gums and braces healthy during treatment is really important and takes a little more effort than when you’re not wearing braces. You definitely want your teeth stain-free and gums healthy when you get your braces off! The Cucalon team will show you how to brush and floss when you get your braces on (there are special instruments we can give you to make it easier), but you can always check out these handy patient videos. You’ll still see your family dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups while you’re wearing your braces. You may even want to get a tooth cleaning three times per year during orthodontic treatment.

When you’re wearing braces you shouldn’t eat hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy foods. If you have a habit of chewing hard objects like pens, pencils, fingernails and ice, you’ll have to avoid doing that while you have braces, too.