Types of Braces


Which type of braces are best? This is a common question that adults and children alike are faced with when deciding the best option for their orthodontic braces. Since there is such a wide range of braces today for adults, teenagers and children to choose from the decision can often be a bit confusing. We often get asked about the benefits of traditional metal braces, ceramic braces (clear braces) and Invisalign braces when compared to each other.

The truth is the type of braces that you receive is dependent on a variety of factors. The extent of your orthodontic treatment plays a major part in determining the type of braces that you will get. More specifically, how severe your bite problems are, such as overbite and open bite, as well as the degree of tooth crookedness that you are experiencing also contribute to the braces decision. Perhaps the most important factor when deciding which type of braces to get is the duration of time that you will be wearing braces to fix your problems. An overview of traditional metal braces, ceramic braces (clear braces) and Invisalign braces will help you get a better understanding of each type of orthodontic braces as well as the benefits that are present in them.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic braces worn by patients. They are made of high-grade stainless steel, which means that they are very strong and rarely break. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive, unlike the traditional metal braces of the past. One of the most notable aspects of traditional metal braces is that they usually require to be worn for the least amount of time among all types of orthodontic braces. Another highly important aspect of metal braces is that they tend to be a more cost effective option than all other types of orthodontic braces. However, traditional metal braces do have a few drawbacks. The most obvious drawback is the high visibility of them, when compared to ceramic braces (clear braces) and Invisalign braces. They also may be slightly less comfortable to wear when they are first put on, but after a few weeks the discomforting feeling greatly diminishes.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. Ceramic braces (clear braces) are not highly noticeable to others in photos or at a reasonable distance. They blend in well with most teeth, especially if the teeth are not perfectly white. Many patients feel that ceramic braces (clear braces) are a bit more comfortable than their metal counterparts, claiming that they do not irritate their gums very much. A common misconception about ceramic braces (clear braces) is that they often come or break off patients’ teeth. In fact, they are quite strong, and if they are properly bound with a plasma light, they are able to stay on teeth just as well as traditional metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.


The Invisalign Braces 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. The main reason that Invisalign braces are so popular among adult patients is that they are virtually invisible, and nobody can tell that you are wearing them, except you. Aside from this, they are also easier to clean than traditional metal or ceramic braces and do not stain at all. Gum irritation is minimized and dental wax is rarely needed.
The computer simulation that you receive shows how your teeth will move during orthodontic treatment, and you are able to see the projected final outcome of your teeth. Ask with our orthodontic specialists to see if you are a candidate for the Invisalign Braces System.


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