What Are the Different Types of Braces Available?

May 30, 2024

Advancements in orthodontic technology have made tooth straightening and bite correction more accessible and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. In this blog, we’ll examine the different types of braces, considering factors such as comfort, visibility, and treatment duration to help you choose the most suitable option for your needs.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Types of Braces

Braces are meant to treat misaligned teeth, overcrowding, and bite issues. Every individual needs a specific type of braces based on their needs.

So, if you believe you can get the desired outcomes with any braces, let us correct you. The efficiency of orthodontic treatment is determined by the type of braces you choose.

All types of braces have pros and cons, depending on the severity of the misalignment, patients’ personal preferences, lifestyle, and budget.

Take a look at the types of braces to understand which one is best for you:

Types of Braces

There are 5 main types of braces. They are:

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type, having been used for more than 100 years. Thanks to technological advances, today’s braces are smaller, faster, more comfortable, and more efficient.

Popular among children and teenagers, metal braces are wired to the teeth. The orthodontist adjusts the wire every 4-8 weeks to move the teeth. Although metal braces stay in place, they need good oral hygiene and care.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a preferable option over metal braces. They are composed of either tooth-colored or transparent materials, making them less apparent than traditional braces. However, their function is similar to metal braces, which use brackets and wires to progressively straighten teeth.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces resemble traditional metal braces, but as the name suggests, they use an in-built system to hold the archwire, eliminating the need for elastic bands.

These types of braces reduce the duration of the treatment and require fewer adjustments than other types. Self-ligating braces are easy to wear, effective, and less visible than metal or ceramic braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a specialized orthodontic procedure that requires unique orthodontic skills. They are less common than other orthodontic options but offer complete invisibility, efficiency, and customization.

These braces are good for adults with complex dental issues and esthetically conscious teens. They may initially affect the patient’s speech and cause tongue irritation, which typically improves in a few weeks.

Invisalign and Clear Aligners

Invisalign is one of the most recent orthodontic procedures, using clear aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are invisible, removable, and comfortable for gently moving teeth into position.

They are adjusted every few weeks and provide a discrete and simple solution to developing a straighter smile.

Invisalign has several advantages, including being clear and removable, making brushing and flossing simpler, being often faster than braces, and needing fewer, shorter sessions.


With so many braces options available, choosing the right one can be difficult, especially when aesthetics, treatment time, and comfort are important to you.

At GLO Dental Group, our specialists will explain the alternatives and discuss their benefits and drawbacks so you can choose the best types of braces that suits your preferences and dental issues. Contact us at (832) 501-3471 in Houston or (832) 400-4383 in Cypress.



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