Types Of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces made of high-grade stainless steel, are the type of braces that come to mind when most people think about orthodontic treatment. These braces have come a long way over the years, and the changing technology means a more comfortable fit for the patient. Over time, these braces slowly move your teeth into alignment, giving you that beautiful smile you've always wanted.
Gold braces perform identically to traditional stainless steel braces because they are also made of stainless steel, but happen to have a gold coating on them to give them a different appearance. Gold braces cost a little more than the traditional stainless steel variety, and are comparable in cost to orthodontic treatment using clear braces.
Unlike traditional stainless steel and gold braces, ceramic braces are made of clear materials to make them less noticeable on your teeth. This option tends to be a good pick for older teens and adults who would like a less noticeable way of attaining their perfect smile. Because these braces require a little more extra care, and are more fragile than metal braces, they are generally not recommended for your younger children.
If you want to get that new smile in a way that is cosmetically less noticeable, allows you to eat what you want, and is more comfortable than traditional braces - Invisalign® may be the option you're looking for. This option uses a series of clear, removable teeth aligners to get the smile you've been waiting for, and because you can remove them, eating and oral hygiene are much easier.
If you're looking for alignment using traditional brackets and wires, but would like something even less noticeable than ceramic braces, lingual braces are likely the best option for you. Lingual braces use high-grade stainless steel just like traditional braces, but instead of being mounted on the front of your teeth, they are mounted on the back, which makes them practically invisible when you smile.