Today, different braces are available for treating a wide range of orthodontic issues. But, how can one decide which braces type is good for them? Don’t worry; in this blog, we offer an overview of different braces types here so you can decide – in consultation with your orthodontist – which braces are best for you, depending on your dental needs and budget.

Overall, there are two main types of braces: fixed and removable.

Fixed Braces

These braces are fixed appliances that are bonded to the front surface of teeth and cannot be removed. These include the traditional metal braces, regarded as the gold standard for orthodontic treatment. However, despite their excellent effectiveness, many patients do not like these braces due to their unesthetic metallic appearance. Moreover, these many braces wearers often find them to be uncomfortable, as their sharp edges can cause soft tissue damage. To overcome this problem, other, more esthetically pleasing fixed braces were introduced: ceramic and lingual braces.

  • Ceramic Braces – these braces are made of tooth-colored ceramic, while the orthodontic wires are coated with a tooth-colored material to make them inconspicuous. These braces are also bonded to the front surface of the teeth, just like metal braces. However, since the brackets and wires are tooth colored, they are virtually invisible when worn. Ceramic braces are generally as effective as traditional braces. However, they are more expensive and are also not suitable for patients with a habit of teeth grinding.
  • Lingual Braces – these braces have the same design and appearance as metal braces. However, these brackets are invisible as they are bonded to the inner (lingual) surfaces of the teeth. Lingual braces are sometimes not suitable for individuals who have a deep bite. Furthermore, lingual braces may make teeth cleaning more challenging.

Removable Braces

The most commonly used type of removable braces is clear aligners. These aligners are made of a flexible transparent material, making them virtually invisible. These aligner trays are worn over teeth and designed to force the teeth into optimal occlusion and alignment. In addition, since these aligners are removable, you can take them off for brushing and eating. Hence, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without restrictions and can maintain optimal oral hygiene.

Furthermore, since the aligner trays are made of a flexible polymer, they cause less toothache and discomfort than fixed braces. Hence, removable aligners are a comfortable, convenient, and inconspicuous alternative to fixed braces.