Types of Braces

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With today’s new orthodontic advancements, there are more teeth straightening options than ever before. Cucalon and Matin Orthodontics proudly offers a variety of braces options to get you the smile you always dreamed of having. Dr. Cucalon and Dr. Matin use braces to deliver the most consistent and stable results in smile correction and root alignment. Some of the most challenging cases Dr. Cucalon and Dr. Matin treat 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.





Lightforce Orthodontics

Light force is a digital platform providing orthodontists with fully customized, 3D printed tooth-moving tools, promising to shorten the length of the treatment for the patients.


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 Brackets

Clear brackets are the same as traditional metal braces except they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces, and they provide patients with an equally effective treatment. Clear brackets can give you the same orthodontic results without the need for large, noticeable metal braces. They move teeth with the same efficiency as traditional braces and are safe to use for patients of all ages.

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.

Invisalign braces Cucalon & Matin Orthodontics in San Francisco, CA

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.



Carriere Motion 3D

The Carriere Motion is an orthodontic appliance used to address misaligned back teeth before braces are put on. It attaches to the canine tooth and the permanent first molar on each side of the mouth and is connected by an elastic band. The appliance is individually sized to fit your mouth and directs backward movement with controlled rotation of the molars so that the entire canine to molar segment moves together. Treatment time takes an average of six months to complete and can be a great help to prepare the mouth for braces/Invisalign.