Traditional Metal Braces
The most common type of braces are traditional metal braces. Braces today are more comfortable than ever before. Traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. Metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Metal braces give you the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Similar to traditional metal braces, gold braces are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered more of a cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. Surprisingly enough, the cost of gold braces is comparable to most clear braces.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Because ceramic braces are less visible, they are mainly used on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. Ceramic braces are visually less prominent and they do require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. Ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear braces (such as Invisalign®) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. The main benefit of clear braces (such as Invisalign®) is that no one can tell you are wearing aligners because they are invisible. Another huge benefit of clear braces is that the aligners are removable. Invisalign® allows patients to eat and drink what they want while in treatment. Brushing and flossing are also less of a hassle with Invisalign®. The aligners are comfortable and because they do not contain metal, there is no risk of mouth abrasions during treatment.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth. Lingual braces are “invisible” when a patient smiles. Lingual braces are completely customized according to the shape of your teeth, and therefore the metal appliances are created uniquely for each individual patient. Lingual braces are a common choice for celebrities such as athletes, models, actors, and musicians who play wind instruments. Lingual braces are often used by adult professionals because they are “invisible.”