Suzanne E. Bird, DDS, MS
16614 Riverstone Way | Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 544-5001

Types of Braces


Smartclip Bracket

The SmartClip™ brackets by 3M® are self-ligating passive system that uses a specially designed clip in the bracket to hold the archwire in place. Unlike other similar products, SmartClipT brackets don't involve opening or closing devices to insert or place archwires. The brackets are designed for easy archwire access, making them much more efficient. In addition by being a passive system, SmartClip™ brackets often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed. In doing away with color elastic ties, SmartClip™ brackets are more comfortable, easier to keep clean and less noticeable. Increased comfort, faster treatment time and overall reliability makes SmartClip™ a good choice for many patients.

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Clarity Bracket

Clarity™ is the "clear" version of Smartclip™ brackets. They are made from a hard ceramic material, that won't stain or discolor. Patients are allowed to engage in most everyday activities without fear of delaying or impeding their progress. In addition, Clarity™ braces smooth, rounded shape allows for greater patient comfort. With the same performance as metal braces, many patients are now choosing the clear option - Clarity™!

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Watch the Kids Spaces feature to learn more about how "metal-mouth days" of orthodontic treatment are over. With Clarity™ ceramic braces you have a small, comfortable and more aesthetic braces. They are unnoticeable, blending in with the color of your teeth, smooth and do not discolor. Also, new technology has resulted in shorter treatment times than in the past.

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Some patients even like making a fashion statement by putting fun colored rubber bands on their Clarity™ ceramic braces. We're all about setting trends at Braces by Bird!