Lauren Windhorst, DDS, MS
formerly Lauren Gossett
803 N. 36th Street, Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64506
307 South Main Street, Suite B
Gallatin, MO 64640

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. Many popular brands of metal braces are Damon, In-Ovation, SmartClip, and the Victory series. A metal clip or colored tie is placed around the bracket to help hold the wire in place.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. If esthetics is a concern, then ceramic brackets are the way to go. Often times ceramic braces are only placed on the top teeth. The ceramic material is extremely abrasive and can wear your top teeth if placed on the bottom teeth.


Invisalign is a series of clear plastic trays—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation gradually move the teeth. Each aligner is worn for 22 hours a day for a period of 2 weeks. As you progress through the series of aligners, the teeth will start to straighten. The severity of the malocclusion will determine the number of aligners needed. This system is available to adult patients with many orthodontic bite problems such as crowding, spacing, open bites, excess overjet, crossbites, and many more. Ask us if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

Invisalign® Teen

Now teens don't have to worry about embarrassing metal braces in their yearbook photos or Facebook profiles. Invisalign Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Plus you don't have to avoid all the hard and crunchy foods that you love. You can brush and floss as you normally do to help maintain healthy gums and teeth. There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions. Call our office to see if your teenager is a candidate for Invisalign Teen.

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