Types Of Braces – Colored, Clear Ceramic, Lingual, Invisalign

Choosing what type of braces to get can be a big decision.  You will probably have to wear them for a year or two so you want to make the right decision.  Your orthodontist will obviously need to make the final decision based on your particular teeth, but you may still be given a couple of different options to choose between. What are the pros and cons of each type of braces? Or, is there a cost difference between them?

Colored Braces (Metal)

Colored braces are the classic type of braces that most people picture in their minds when thinking about them.  They are metal brackets and wires with tiny little colored bands around the brackets on each tooth.  Brackets are the part of the braces which is glued to the tooth.  The wire is connected to each of the brackets with the colored bands.  The pressure of this wire on the brackets is what causes the teeth to move.

Colored braces are the most affordable type of braces and are the most popular type of braces for kids.  The colored bands can be changed by the orthodontist each visit so kids can have the chance to experiment with different color combinations.  Metal braces will move teeth the fastest which means they will have the shortest treatment time.

Ceramic Braces (Clear)

Ceramic braces are basically the same as metal braces except for their color.  Instead of having metal brackets on each tooth, they are made of ceramic which is much less obvious.  The wire is sometimes white as well which makes them even less obvious than their metal counterpart.

One of the disadvantages of ceramic braces is that they have a tendency to become stained from strong colored foods such as curry.  As the brackets are made of ceramic there is a chance that they may break.  Orthodontists may put slightly less pressure on ceramic braces than on metal to avoid any breakages.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are made of metal and sit on the tongue side of your teeth which makes them completely unnoticeable. The main advantage of these braces is that they are invisible from outside of the mouth.  There are a few disadvantages of lingual braces.

One of these is that they may be more uncomfortable at first and more irritating to the tongue.  Orthodontic visits also take slightly longer than with other types of braces.  It may also be a little bit more difficult to clean around these braces.  Lingual braces may not be suitable for more severe orthodontic problems.  Lingual braces are more expensive than metal or ceramic braces.


Invisalign is a series of clear plates, which are custom-made for your teeth, that will gradually move your teeth into the desired position.  The aligners are made of clear plastic which is almost invisible.  Invisalign is not suitable for more severe dental problems or for children.  Invisalign is a more expensive option than other types of braces.


There are a few different options for types of braces that may be suitable for you.  Choosing a type of braces needs to be discussed with your orthodontist as not all types of braces are suitable for everyone.  Choosing which type is best may come down to which type is less noticeable or most affordable.  Whichever type you choose, you will have straight teeth by the end of it.

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