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What are the different kinds of braces?

Nov 13, 2019

It is very common to be confused by the dizzying array of available orthodontic treatments. Although you have many choices before you, we can help you determine the right fit for you at your initial consultation with Image Dental & Orthodontics. With all of the various forms of braces that you could potentially select from, there are certainly some that are more appropriate than others.

Metal Braces

Girl putting bands on her traditional metal braces

It is not unusual to have unpleasant memories about traditional metal braces. Although there have been innovations in both the comfort and appearance of these types of braces, many people still avoid them. Braces consist of a bendable metal wire that is looped through brackets, applying pressure to your teeth to shift them into the correct position. Even though many people have a negative feeling about traditional braces, they are still the least expensive type of braces and are effective at quickly moving teeth into optimal locations.

Ceramic Braces

At one time, ceramic braces were a quite popular alternative to traditional braces. Since the brackets used in the system were constructed from ceramics, this treatment offered the advantage of braces with the same texture and color as the patient's teeth. Wires could even be used matching the color of patient's teeth.

Some orthodontists still offer ceramic braces. The treatment has somewhat faded, however, because the brackets used in the treatment process could stain easily if the patient was not careful with their oral hygiene. Also, the metal wires involve a similar level of discomfort as conventional metal braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are essentially conventional metal braces with the exception that they are attached to the inside of the teeth so that they are not as noticeable. They are not visible from the outside of the mouth. If you are wearing lingual braces, they can still be seen when opening your mouth, but they are much less intrusive than other types of braces.


Invisalign is an innovative teeth straightening system that involves the use of special aligners. These aligners are constructed of clear plastic, making them virtually invisible to others. One key advantage to Invisalign is that there are no restrictions on your food choices. When you need to eat or clean your teeth, you simply remove your aligners and replace them when finished.

If you would like to schedule a consultation or want to receive more information about types of braces, we encourage you to reach out to Image Dental & Orthodontics today to begin the process of straightening your teeth and enhancing your appearance.

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