Types of Braces

At South OC Orthodontics, we strive to provide patients of all ages in the Mission Viejo, CA area with the latest advancements in orthodontic care. Our team understands the difference that a healthy and beautiful smile can make, and along with orthodontist Dr. Chris Carter, we are here to help you achieve your optimal smile.

Each patient is different, which is why we work closely with you to determine a customized treatment plan for you. To learn more about the high-tech orthodontic care we offer, please read through the information below!


Modern Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are still the most common system used today, however they have come a long over the past few decades. Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and are now smaller, more comfortable and more efficient than ever before.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of a translucent (clear) material which give them a high aesthetic appeal. Ceramic braces are more popular with our adult patients, as the brackets are less visible. However, it is important to note that these type of brackets are more fragile, and the elastic ties may discolor between visits to the orthodontist.


This is a completely new way to straighten your teeth! Invisalign is made for people with certain orthodontic bite problems and can almost invisibly correct your smile. This system is comprised of a series of clear aligners that have been computer generated specifically for you. These aligners will gradually move your teeth into proper position as you work your way through your allotted trays.

Only an orthodontist can decide if Invisalign® is right for you. Please contact us at our Mission Viejo office to schedule your consultation.

Invisalign Teen™

Invisalign is now available specifically for our teenaged patients! With a Blue Dot Wear Indicator to show how long each aligner has been worn, six free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken and other changes designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today’s teens busy lifestyles!

Play sports? Invisalign Teen is a great option for active teens as there is no need to wear a protective mouth guard. More benefits of Invisalign is that it allows patients to maintain strong oral hygiene habits and come with little to no food restrictions.

Schedule Your Braces Consultation with Dr. Carter

Whether you or your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, we are here to help guide you through the process. Please contact us at our Mission Viejo, CA office to schedule your first visit with us. One of our team members will work with you to schedule an appointment that will fit within your schedule.

We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve the perfect smile!