Types of Braces


At Embrace Our World Orthodontics, providing St. Louis, MO, area residents with the highest quality orthodontic care is our number one priority. Whether you are an adolescent, teen, or adult, we believe you deserve a beautiful, confident smile. And we can make that happen with a variety of types of braces as well as a different type of braces called Invisalign. Our three doctors are orthodontic experts with years of experience and the skills to provide you with an individualized treatment plan that will lead to your perfect smile. Our excellent team of staff members will make you feel at home from your first step into the office to the office through your orthodontic treatment.  

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type of braces treatment by our St. Louis area patients. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic Braces


Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.


The Invisalign system is a series of clear overlay templates – called aligners – that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. Our doctors use high-tech imaging to plan out your treatment based on where your teeth need to move. Invisalign treatment is not best for all common orthodonticproblems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.

Invisalign® Teen

logo_invisalign_teenA new application of the Invisalign system is now available and made just for St. Louis area teens. Teens can avoid embarrassing metal braces in their yearbook photos or Facebook profiles with Invisalign® Teen! Invisalign Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
To create the Invisalign Teen product, Invisalign asked leading orthodontists, parents and teens themselves for input on the custom-designed system just right for the dental needs of teenagers. With a Blue Dot Wear Indicator to show how long each aligner has been worn, six free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, and other changes designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today's teens' busy lifestyles!

What is Invisalign Teen?

  • Clear way to straighten your teeth without braces.
  • Series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners.
  • Uses no metal wires or brackets.
  • Custom-made for comfort.

How does Invisalign Teen work?

  • Wear each set of aligners for about two weeks.
  • Remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss.
  • Your teeth will move gradually each week.
  • Visit us every 8 – 10 weeks.
  • Total treatment time averages 12 – 24 months.
  • Average number of aligners is between 18 and 30.

See Which Type Of Braces Is Right For You!

With so many choices, you’ll want to make an appointment right away for your free consultation at our St. Louis office to see which type of treatment is right for you! Our St. Louis orthodontist will examine your teeth and outline all of the treatment types that will work for your individual situation. But whether you choose clear braces, metal braces, Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, you can be sure that our doctors will implement the treatment with skill and care. And our finance staff will work with you and your insurance company to ensure that a payment or financing plan is created that can work for you. Call us today at (314) 842-4105 and let’s get started creating your beautiful, confident smile!