The 4 Most Common Types of Braces Explained

When we think of braces, we often think of the traditional metal brackets on the front of the teeth. While still extremely common and effective, additional options are available. Let’s take a look at each of the four most common types of braces along with their advantages and disadvantages.

Conventional Metal Braces

Held on to teeth with space-age adhesive, metal braces are the most common type and they come in silver or gold. These braces hold wires with just a single bracket cemented on the front of the tooth. Although these braces are the most noticeable, treatment time is the shortest.

Tie-Less Braces

Tie-less braces (aka Damon System) use a slide to hold a wire, reducing the amount of pressure and friction in your mouth in some instances. Fewer adjustments are usually needed because there are no worn elastics to replace. Because Damon braces use less appliances, dental hygiene is easy during treatment. Though treatment time varies, it usually proceeds at a quick rate.

Clear Braces

Clear or “tooth-colored” brackets bond onto the outside surfaces of your teeth, similar to conventional braces. They move teeth faster than clear aligners and can be used to treat severe cases of teeth or bite misalignment. Unlike metal braces that only come in silver or gold, clear braces are made out of ceramic and can be made into any color imaginable – even clear hence “clear braces.” Even though they are less noticeable, clear braces are more expensive and less durable than metal braces.

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces, also known as lingual braces, use metal brackets, but place them on the back side of your teeth. They require fewer adjustments than metal braces and are designed for minimal discomfort and speech interference. You may experience a temporary lisp until your tongue gets used to touching the brackets on the back of your teeth. With invisible braces, only you will know they are there, but they will cost you more than conventional braces.

While Invisalign is often considered another form of braces, they are technically “clear aligners” which have a very different treatment plan and process. Invisalign isn’t ideal for everyone, but in some instances they might exactly what you need. Often Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces but offers a more flexible treatment plan.

You have options when it comes to the type of braces you select with pros and cons associated with each one. However, your orthodontist will help you select the best option for your teeth and your overall all dental health.

If you have any questions about braces, Invisalign or any other orthodontic treatments, feel free to contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.