Common Types of Teeth Braces

Common Types of Teeth Braces
April 04 11:13 2024 Print This Article

Teeth braces are orthodontic tools helping you to get a straight, dazzling smile. There are different types of teeth braces displaying unique advantages and even some cunning disadvantages.

So, how will you choose the right orthodontic solution to get your confident, pearly smile back?

The orthodontist at The Smile Patio Orthodontics in Vista, California can help to straighten your crooked, misaligned teeth with a customized treatment plan with aligners or braces.

Common types of teeth braces

1. Metal braces

Metal braces are proven and veterans in the orthodontic landscape. They are constructed from sturdy metal brackets and wires. The cost of metal braces is fair and is very effective in complex cases.

It is a budget-friendly option for those who prioritize affordability. Metal braces can handle an extensive range of orthodontic issues – from simple crowding to severe misalignment. They have established their effectiveness with a long history of providing successful results.

The major drawback is they are visible and not a fashion statement, even when colorful bands are used.

The brackets and wires irritate your mouth, especially during the initial adjustment period. Besides, hard and sticky food is off-limits as they can damage the wire and brackets.

2. Ceramic braces

A ceramic brace uses tooth-colored brackets and wires instead of metal to straighten your teeth. The ceramic brackets blend with your teeth, so they are a more aesthetically pleasing option than metal braces. For most orthodontic cases, these are just as effective as metal braces.

Ceramic material increases the cost of braces. Besides, the material is more prone to staining from beverages and certain food items.

It needs more care to preserve its appearance. It is also more brittle than its metal counterpart. It can crack or chip and will need repair or replacement.

3. Invisalign

It is a modern solution in the orthodontic landscape. Invisalign makes use of several removable, clear-plastic aligners to shift your teeth gradually to straighten it.

The aligners are nearly unnoticeable. Metal braces make people self-conscious but aligners are a subtle option.

The ability to remove aligners for eating and brushing allows flexibility and ease in maintaining oral hygiene. Plastic aligners are smooth and more comfortable in the mouth than metal braces.

Nevertheless, Invisalign is not suitable for severe misalignment. The success rate depends on consistent wear time, so it is unsuitable for those who cannot adhere to instructions. It is more expensive than traditional braces.

4. Lingual braces

These are hidden fighters and function like traditional braces. The brackets and wires are positioned on the tongue side or inside surface of your teeth. They are undetectable, so it is a great discreet option.

As the placement is on the tongue’s side, there can be temporary hindrances in speech. The tongue gets irritated with the brackets, which makes you feel more uneasy than with metal braces.

The location of the bracket makes it hard to clean. It needs extra effort in proper oral hygiene management.


The right brace for your teeth is the one that meets your need and has the potential for best outcome. Take advice and guidance from your dentist.

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