What are braces?

At Charlottesville Orthodontics, our orthodontists, Dr. Weis and Dr. Stranix understand that each patient is different. Each patient has a unique orthodontic situation and lifestyle, so certain forms of orthodontic treatment may be a better fit than others. That is why we offer several types of braces at our Charlottesville Downtown, Hollymead, and Zion Crossroads offices, so you are able to receive a form of orthodontic treatment that will yield the best results and make the treatment process as comfortable as possible.

Types of braces

Metal braces

These are the standard, traditional braces that you’ll see on most patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Modern metal braces are now smaller and lighter than ever. They also offer customized options like having colored elastic ties on the brackets.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets compared to traditional braces is 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. Invisalign is a popular form of orthodontic treatment for those looking for a discreet and flexible way to straighten their teeth. We also have a state of the art digital scanner so long gone are the days of taking messy impressions or molds of your teeth!

Lingual braces

This is the most unnoticeable form of braces. As opposed to traditional braces that are placed on the outside of your teeth, lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth where they won’t be seen at all by others.

Iconix Aesthetic Braces

We are excited to announce we now offer Iconix Aesthetic Braces. The durability of stainless steel and the aesthetics of “white” gold. Some call it a “champagne” color. Smooth zirconia finish guarantees the color will not peel or brush away. The Iconix offers a pleasing cosmetic system and absolutely no change in standard braces technique.