• Shruti GOCHHWAL

5 Types of Braces. Yes, There’s More Than 1

Braces are commonly used to fix the alignment of teeth. However, not everyone chooses to wear them. It is because many associate this word with less than beautiful views of teeth crammed with metal pieces and wires. But braces have evolved and come a long way now. The new modern types of braces are lighter, smaller, and even invisible!

If that is hard to imagine, then read on to know the different types of braces and which one should you opt for.

Types of Braces

Braces come in a variety. Every type offers its own set of benefits. If you’re thinking to put braces for teeth-alignment, it becomes important for you to have a knowledge of its various types. It will help you to choose the most suitable ones for your teeth.

  1. Metal braces

  2. Ceramic braces

  3. Lingual braces

  4. Self-Ligating braces

  5. Invisalign braces

1.  Metal Braces

Braces, teeth, lips

Braces on teeth, Credit: Pixabay


These are the oldest types of braces, consisting of metal brackets and wires that are fit to the teeth for corrective teeth alignment. Today, heat-activated archwires are used in these types of braces. It makes use of the body heat that enables the teeth to allow for their quick movement.

Although metal braces are cheap, but their noticeable presence may be an issue for many. Besides, sometimes they can be a cause of discomfort when wires poke against a person’s gums and cheeks.

2. Ceramic Braces

Girl, braces, smiling

Girl with braces, Credit: Pixabay


Made up of ceramic, these braces are not very conspicuous. It is because ceramic is of the same color as your teeth. They are securely tied to each tooth with clear rubber bands. They are also referred to as clear braces or porcelain braces.

However, ceramic braces are a pricier option as compared to the others. Also, they need a bit more care as they are more likely to be stained.

3. Lingual Braces

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Teeth with braces, Credit: Pixabay


Lingual braces are by far the most modern type of braces available. Also known as hidden braces, this type sits behind the teeth and remain invisible to the onlooker. They can be thought of as curly braces as after putting on, they resemble a curl. They are an aesthetically pleasing option but they often take longer than other types to provide you with perfectly aligned teeth.

As they sit inside of the teeth, lingual braces often come in contact with soft tissues and tongue. The feeling may be discomforting for some people.

4. Self-Ligating Braces

braces, teeth

Person with braces, Credit: Pixabay


Self-ligating braces use clips or brackets to secure the wire of the brace in place. Due to it, the friction on the braces reduces. The pressure maintained by the brackets on the archwire helps in the steady movement of teeth. Since they do not use plastic, self ligating braces don’t accumulate build-up and are easy to clean.

With this type of braces, the metal in the form of wires is not altogether eliminated. It can be uncomfortable for those concerned about the appearance of their braces.

5. Invisalign Braces

braces, woman, teeth

Woman holding a brace, Credit: Pixabay


They are composed of a number of clear plastic trays that are invisible. The plastic trays are what is responsible for straightening the teeth and guiding them into proper position. They can be removed if the occasion demands. As they don’t use any metal, Invisalign braces are not very uncomfortable.

Although they are mostly invisible, yet chances of the trays being stained are high. They are also an expensive option like ceramic and self ligating braces.

Braces are useful in correcting the alignment of your teeth. There are many different types of braces available. A careful examination of your needs and budget will help you decide on the best one.

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