Types of Braces


Your Erie, PA Orthodontists

At Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on combining the latest in cutting-edge orthodontic technology with a warm, friendly, and helpful staff to give our patients the best in orthodontic care. Our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists have years of experience crafting healthy, beautiful smiles, and we take the time to get to know every patient on an individual level so we can design a specialized treatment plan that perfectly suits their unique orthodontic needs. We're proud to offer a range of treatment options for straightening teeth – from traditional metal braces to revolutionary new treatments like Invisalign®.

Traditional (Metal) Braces

For the most part, metal braces are what people think of when they hear the word "braces." While they have been used for years as a trusty and reliable tooth-straightening solution, today's metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and are smaller, more comfortable, and more aesthetically appealing than ever before.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces have the same basic construction as metal braces, but the brackets are made of a translucent (clear) material instead of stainless steel. This means that while they aren't completely invisible, they're less conspicuous than metal braces and blend in more with the teeth, making them popular for those needing adult orthodontic treatment. While they offer improved appearance, they're more fragile than regular braces and can discolor or stain between visits.

The Clarity™ System (Clear) Braces

The Clarity System is similar to ceramic braces, using the same traditional design with clear brackets. Clarity brackets, however, are stronger than ceramics and also stain resistant, making them a popular option.


Invisalign does away with metal brackets and wires altogether, instead using a series of clear, removable trays, called aligners – that fit directly over the dental arch to straighten teeth. They're virtually invisible when worn and can be easily popped in and out to eat, drink, brush, and floss – meaning they come with none of the dietary restrictions of the other options.

Invisalign® Teen

Invisalign® Teen is the ideal solution for teenagers wanting to perfect their smile with confidence. This system uses a series of clear removable aligners with a blue dot wear indicator crafted into them so your teen knows how often to change them. Patients can still eat and drink what they want and brush and floss normally. This revolutionary system is designed specifically for teenagers and their busy lifestyles.

Contact Your Erie, PA Orthodontic Specialists

Have more questions about your treatment options or our practice? We'd be happy to answer them! Feel free to contact us or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Erie, PA office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to crafting you a beautiful, healthy smile!