Traditional metal braces are the most common type and for good reason. They are the standard to which other braces are compared because they give the most control and predictable results. Today's metal braces are smaller and more comfortable to wear than ever before. Many patients like to add colors to their braces to express their individuality and style.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Clear (ceramic) braces are actually made of tooth-colored ceramic materials and are therefore less visible and used when patients have cosmetic concerns. Ceramic braces are not as strong as metal braces and are a little larger to increase their strength. They are placed on the upper front teeth and very seldom on lower teeth.
Clear aligners are not really braces. They are custom-made plastic trays to move the teeth. A series of aligners are worn to gradually straighten the teeth. The aligners are clear (invisible) and removable so that you can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth. Although the aligners are clear, certain teeth sometimes require tooth-colored bonded attachments to help move the teeth. Since the aligners are removable, cooperation with wear time is very important to achieve the desired result.
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so no one will know you are wearing them when you speak or smile. Lingual braces are customized to match the shape of your teeth and are made just for you. For this reason, lingual braces generally cost more than traditional metal braces.