2025 Meadowview Pkwy., Suite 200
Kingsport, TN 37660

Types of Braces



Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24-karat gold and are popular with patients of all ages.


The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.


The most common type of metal braces is Edgewise, which is made of high-grade stainless steel. We proudly use Edgewise metal braces at our practice. Edgewise metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more cost effective!  Because of the bracket design – which has rectangular slots that fit a cross section of arch wires at a wider dimension – these braces provide more precise and greater control over tooth movement. 

Also with Edgewise braces you can have any combination of color elastics you would like! Have fun picking your colors and showing your individuality!


Unlike metal brackets for braces, each Radiance bracket is a jewel, made with clear, crystal grown sapphire and hardened by a heat process that makes it as sturdy as it is attractive. These braces are also beneficial to patients who have allergies to certain metals, and are typically more comfortable for patients.

Other patients prefer these brackets because they are virtually invisible, as they are clear. This means that your doctor will not have to struggle to match your enamel shades, which will save you time and unnecessary visits to the doctor.

American Orthodontics, the creators of Radiance, has been a staple in the orthodontic community for over 40 years. They promise faster results, greater comfort, easier treatment and more positive overall satisfaction. Patients can look and feel better from the treatment’s start to finish.


The LightWire appliance is an alternative to improving the bite with slightly different brackets. It can be used in some cases alone or in conjunction with other orthodontic techniques to promote a healthier bite. It is gentle and has the advanage of treating deep overbite problems rapidly if rubber bands are worn faithfully.  Used in conjunction with palatal expansion certain underbite problems respond very well when surgery is not an option.  Dr. DeBow has refined this treatment mode over the past 40 years and, in certain cases, offers advanages over the straight wire appliance.