Types of Braces

Adult Braces in Bellingham, WA

At Derek Damon Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile they feel proud to call their own – and our mission is to help our patients achieve one through comprehensive, high-quality orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving the Bellingham and Anacortes, WA areas, we understand that every patient is different and has unique treatment needs. That's why Dr. Damon and our team of orthodontic specialists work individually with patients to create personalized treatment plans, and why we're proud to offer our patients a variety of braces options to choose from. If you're getting started with orthodontic treatment, we'll work with you to help you select the ideal treatment from the various types of braces that we offer.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces may be the oldest treatment in orthodontics, but it's still our most popular treatment – and there's good reason for that. Traditional metal braces are durable, reliable, and cost-effective, allowing us to treat virtually any orthodontic malocclusion. Plus, modern braces are smaller, lighter, more comfortable, and more aesthetically appealing than those of the past, making metal braces a great option for any orthodontic patient.

Clear Braces

Clear braces use the same fundamental mechanism as metal braces to move the teeth, but they come with one important difference: instead of stainless steel, clear braces use brackets made from a clear ceramic composite material. This allows the brackets to blend in with the teeth, minimizing the visual impact of your braces and making for a treatment that's far less noticeable in pictures and in person. Clear braces come with virtually all of the benefits of traditional metal braces in a less noticeable package, making them ideal for patients seeking discreet orthodontic treatment.

Damon Braces in Bellingham

For a more advanced braces option, our office is proud to offer the Damon System: a new form of treatment that uses innovative orthodontic technology to improve on traditional braces. Invented by Dr. Dwight Damon, Damon braces use a unique type of bracket with "self-ligating" technology: the bracket doesn't use elastics to hold the archwire in place, allowing the wire to slide back and forth freely within the bracket. This increased freedom of movement minimizes friction and allows for more efficient tooth movement, producing a treatment that's faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than traditional metal braces.


In addition to the various types of braces we offer at our office, we're also proud to offer an exciting alternative to braces: Invisalign. Invisalign does away with brackets and wires entirely, instead relying on a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners are transparent, smooth to the touch, and fit directly over the dental arch, which means they're almost impossible to see when worn. Furthermore, the aligners are removable and can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, so you'll never have to modify your diet and can perform oral hygiene as normal. Invisalign is one of the most discreet and convenient treatments on the market today, making it a favorite for adult orthodontic patients. And for teenagers interested in Invisalign, we even offer a specialized option called Invisalign Teen!

Schedule a Consultation with Your Anacortes & Bellingham Orthodontist!

Orthodontic treatment is a gateway to a new smile and a better life, and we're proud to offer a variety of treatment options so you can choose the treatment that best suits your lifestyle. If you'd like help deciding between treatments or have questions about our treatment options, we'd love to hear them – simply reach out to us at our contact page. Or, if you're ready to get started and want to schedule your consultation, you can do so using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams no matter which treatment you choose!

Derek Damon Orthodontics

  • Bellingham Location - 3400 Squalicum Pkwy., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98225 | Phone: 360.676.6060
  • Anacortes Location - 1220 22nd St., Suite A, Anacortes, WA 98221 | Phone: 360.293.2888

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