Metal & Clear Braces

Not Your Parents’ Braces

If you had to wear traditional metal braces yourself as a kid, you probably remember dealing with annoying o-shaped rubber bands called “ligatures” that sprang off at the worst possible times. They tended to gunk up with food as well, making it tough to clean your teeth and gums. Thank heavens those days are gone. Our available metal braces in Harvard, MA, and Lunenburg, MA, look small, sleek, and jewel-like. You’ll sometimes hear people call them “tie-free braces.” We also sometimes refer to speed braces as “self-ligating brackets,” which is a fancy way of saying “self-binding.” This technology allows the brace’s archwire to slide back and forth freely, using a “door” to secure it. Because of speed braces, we can finally say goodbye to railroad tracks, erratic rubber bands, and painful metal tie wires!

At Walker Orthodontics, we use Clarity self-ligating brackets. These advanced metal or clear ceramic twin brackets use a special built-in clip. Specific kinds of archwire apply pressure to activate this clip, which then delivers just the right amount of pressure to each tooth. With this precise pressure technique, you’ll notice fast, highly targeted results.

Clarity™ Ceramic Braces are a popular choice for anyone who wants the great results Dr. Walker gets with metal braces but would rather have discreet treatment. With Clarity™, your braces blend in with the natural color of your teeth so you can smile with confidence while your in treatment – not just when your braces come off.


  • Translucent, designed to blend in with your teeth
  • Small and smooth for your comfort
  • Smile all you want, there’s no staining
  • Clarity braces are trusted and used by orthodontists worldwide
  • More than 1 million patients have been treated with Clarity™ braces