Get Braces In San Francisco CA

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

Dr. Cucalon uses braces to deliver the most consistent and stable results in tooth movement 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.  Dr. Cucalon has successfully treated patients using a combination of orthodontic auxiliaries including rubber bands, headgears, Herbst, and upper jaw expanders in conjunction with braces.

Braces are generally made up of brackets and wires. Brackets are either metal or tooth-colored ceramic, and they are usually glued with adhesive to the front of your teeth. The wires are threaded through slots in the brackets, and as the wires are adjusted by Dr. Cucalon, they move your teeth exactly where they need to go.

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are what most people think of when they think of orthodontic treatment. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are more compact, provide greater comfort and are less noticeable than those traditional metal braces that probably come to mind.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces are one of the major aesthetic braces options (aesthetically-pleasing braces options) for orthodontic patients. If you’re looking for an orthodontic treatment that is less noticeable than conventional metal braces, ceramic braces may be right for you. They are manufactured from a translucent material and are particularly popular among adult patients, due to their aesthetic appeal. Their only drawback is their fragility and propensity for the elastic ties to become stained from food between office visits.


Another aesthetically-pleasing option for braces treatment is Invisalign. The Invisalign System is a highly aesthetic alternative to traditional braces. It uses a series of clear, medical-grade plastic aligners that are created for each individual patient to gradually move teeth into alignment. These aligners are available to teenage and adult patients with minor malocclusions.

Incognito Braces

Incognito, also known as iBraces, is a lingual braces system. This means the brackets and wires are placed behind your teeth so no one will notice that you are in treatment unless you tell them. These unique braces are created using advanced technology and are 100 percent customized to the shape of your teeth and your dental situation. iBraces provide efficient, effective tooth movement and optimum aesthetics.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating brackets involve the use of sliding-door technology known as "self-ligation." Self-ligation allows the archwires to slide back and forth within the bracket. Elastic or steel ties are unnecessary with this system of braces. Characteristics of this treatment include less friction created and increased comfort for patients. Additionally, self-ligating braces can quicken treatment time and reduce the number of required adjustments throughout treatment. One of the major brands in self-ligating braces is Damon System or Damon Braces.

Clear Braces

Clear braces showcase a comfortable design with a see-through appearance so they blend into the color of your natural teeth for an improved cosmetic look. Manufactured from a durable material, these braces resist stains and discoloration. These braces provide the same favorable performance as metal braces, but with an aesthetic twist.

Are you a candidate for braces? When you schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Cucalon, he can tell you if braces are right for you.

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