Types of Braces


At the practice of Dr. Radha Krishnan, we offer high quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages in our warm and welcoming environment. We are proud to offer our patients several types of braces to ensure we have a treatment option to meet each patient's individual orthodontic needs and desires. The types of braces our Calvert and St. Mary's County orthodontist, Dr. Krishnan, offers include:

3M Unitek Mini-Twin™ Braces

3M-Unitek-Mini-Twin-Bracket.jpg3M Unitek Mini-Twin braces are small metal braces with a low profile for an attractive appearance. These braces are made from sturdy stainless steel and feature brackets with a micro-etched base. The brackets include a smooth bi-directional hook for superior elastic engagement to make wearing these braces more comfortable. Some of the benefits associated with Mini-Twin braces include:

  • More discrete and more comfortable than conventional metal braces
  • Patients can personalize these braces with interchangeable colored bands.
  • Very secure braces due to the etched pattern on the bracket base
  • Feature full-size finishing archwires which can make treatment time shorter

Clarity™ Clear Braces

Dr.jpgClarity Clear Braces are translucent braces made of a combination of ceramic and metal for discreet treatment that many of our adult patients enjoy. The brackets on these braces have a rounded, smooth shape for greater patient comfort. Clarity braces offer many benefits, including:

  • Very low-profile in nature due to the transparency of the brackets
  • Can be used by patients of all ages
  • No staining
  • Patients can individualize the braces by choosing the color of the elastics used.
  • Sturdy, durable and comfortable

SmartClip™ Self-Ligating Braces

SmartClip-Self-Ligating-Bracket.jpgSelf-ligating braces use what is referred to as 'sliding-door technology' which allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. These braces do away with the need for elastic or metal ties due the brackets having a built-in mechanism that holds the archwire in place.

Dr. Krishnan uses the SmartClip appliance by 3M Unitek, a simple bracket system, that uses technology to allow the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. The benefits of associated with these braces include:

  • Less friction for greater comfort
  • Fast treatment time due to the slide mechanism
  • Controlled tooth movement for fast and efficient treatment
  • Easy to keep clean for good oral hygiene


types-4.jpgInvisalign takes a unique approach to moving teeth using a series of custom-made removable, clear aligners which gradually move teeth into their new position, step-by-step. The aligners are designed to be taken out when eating and drinking and when brushing and flossing the teeth. Otherwise, patients wearing Invisalign must keep the aligners in for 22 hours each day in order to achieve the desired results. Many of our patients who've never considered conventional braces are happily and comfortably improving their smiles with Invisalign. The benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Very discrete treatment due to the transparency of the aligners
  • No metal wires or brackets present to cause irritation for more comfortable treatment
  • No uncomfortable adjustment appointments to sit through
  • No food restrictions to worry about
  • Easy to maintain good oral hygiene

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the types of braces we offer, please don't hesitate to contact us as we're always happy to speak with you! We are proud to provide exceptional orthodontic care to patients living in the Southern Maryland counties of Calvert, St. Mary's, Prince George's and Charles.

If you're ready to take the first step toward obtaining an incredible straight and healthy smile, please request an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to our practice where we're passionate about helping our patients achieve their most incredible smiles!