What Are the Different Types of Braces?

Posted: January 16, 2020

For teenagers and adults contemplating braces, there are several options to consider.

As such, it’s important to understand the unique advantages of each approach and make a selection based on your individual concerns and goals.

Continue reading to learn all about the different types of braces, including the benefits and challenges of each technique.

What Are the Different Types of Braces?

Metal Braces

Metal braces use stainless steel brackets and an arch wire in order to evenly apply pressure and move teeth. They stay fixed in the mouth and require regular adjustment by your orthodontist.

Additionally, patients need to take care to avoid certain foods, including those that are hard, sticky, or chewy, to avoid breaking a wire.

Ceramic Braces

Composed of transparent ceramic brackets and a white wire, this option offers a more discreet and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to traditional metal braces.

However, it is important to note that ceramic brackets are larger than stainless steel brackets are more vulnerable to damage.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces require each bracket to be customized to fit the inside contours of teeth.

When choosing among the different types of braces, patients may opt for this technique because it is invisible. That being said, lingual braces may be more difficult to clean and can require more frequent and longer dental appointments.


Unlike the three other types of braces discussed, Invisalign is not constructed with brackets or wires. Rather, the series of aligner trays are made of a smooth, clear plastic and customized to each patient.

Accordingly, Invisalign aligners are undetectable and no one will be able to tell that you are wearing them.

Other Invisalign benefits include:

  • Can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing
  • Avoids irritation to gums and cheeks
  • Doesn’t necessitate any food restrictions
  • Requires fewer follow-up appointments 

Want to Learn More About the Different Types of Braces?

Please call our office today for additional information about the different types of braces or to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented orthodontists.