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Types of Braces

Connecticut Orthodontist - Dr. Mark Schpero of Hamden CT

Having a hard time finding a dentist that specializes in braces in CT? Or maybe you are having a hard time decided which type of braces you need? As a Connecticut Orthodontist, Dr. Mark J. Schpero knows how important it is for his patients to have healthy straight teeth. That's why he offers many different types of braces and orthodontic procedures for his patients in Hamden CT and surrounding areas. Below are a few examples of what Dr. Schpero does -

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces today. They are normally made out of high-grade stainless steel and sometimes can be combined with titanium for extra durability. Today metal braces are more comfortable and attractive than they once were and can be personalized with different colors. Typically metal braces can stay on from a year to three years depending on the patient.

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

Ceramic braces are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces. They are made of white ceramic instead of stainless steel or titanium. For this reason, it is the preferred choice for adults who might be self-cautious about getting braces. Although the wire surrounding the teeth is still metal it is very thin and hardly noticeable. Most people often mistake it for being a teeth retainer instead of actual braces.


Connecticut Orthodontist Dr. Mark J. Schpero knows one of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile.  Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging.  Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.

Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays.  The dentist changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration.  In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled.  A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.


I want to thank you for recommending Invisalign braces when I first visited your office 14 months ago. My dentist highly recommended you since one of your specialties is adult orthodontics. It has been such a positive, easy experience using the clear aligners and I am thrilled with my new beautiful, straight teeth. You cannot imagine the additional self-confidence it has given me.

As you know, work in sales and marketing and I am in my late 50's. For years I have wanted to straighten my teeth because I was always self conscience of my teeth. I wish I had visited your office years ago because the process of the removable, Invisalign aligners allowed me to continue to transact business and enjoy social activities with people no realizing I was wearing braces.

All of your office staff was so professioal and accommodating with appointments, and I want to thank you personally for the dental guidance and encouragement you have given me. You have literally changed my life and I wish I had decided to do this procedure years ago.

L. L.

Dr. Schpero is absolutely amazing. The experience from start to finish has been seamless, and dare I say-painless?! Dr. Schpero is the consummate professional, making sure that I understood each step and answering any questions or concerns that I had. I could see an improvement in my teeth almost immediately, and, now that my braces are off, I cannot tell you how happy I am with how my teeth look. I would recommend Dr. Schpero to anyone, and thoughly enjoyed my entire experience with him and all of his staff. Thank you so much, I will actually miss seeing you and your staff on a monthly basis!


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