Drs. Davalos & Jones

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Davalos & Jones



At we believe every child should have a beautiful smile. Braces may help you really love your smile. What do braces do? They help to align your teeth better and give you a straighter bite. Our orthodontist wants to help give you a straighter smile and the best possible experience.

Two teens after an Orthodontic Dentist Appointment - with Braces

Types of Braces


LightForce offers cutting-edge 3D-printed braces, custom-made for each patient’s unique dental structure, ensuring optimal fit and effective treatment. This innovative approach enhances bond strength and offers greater control over tooth movement. The system includes LightTrays for efficient indirect bonding and utilizes the web-based LightPlan for precise treatment planning. LightForce braces promise faster treatment times, reduced office visits, and an improved orthodontic experience.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten teeth by using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, there is the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on the teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth rather than on lower teeth.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but they use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the arch wire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

Other Options

There are other braces options that are available and could be better options for your child. Please call us today to schedule an appointment. Together, we can discuss which option would be best for your child and their future smile.