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Types of Braces Explained

Types of Braces

Modern orthodontics has changed drastically even over the past 10 years. The types of braces and treatment options for orthodontic care are now much more complex than they were before. Patients have access to a wide array of new technology that can make treatment far more efficient and effective. Understanding the difference between these treatment options is not always easy however. In this article we will explain some of the different types of braces the patient can receive so that they can make a better informed decision about their treatment options. 

The Different Types of Braces Explained

Metal and traditional braces:

Types of Braces

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These are the types of braces that we all recognize and think of as they have been around the longest. These types of braces are composed of metal brackets and wires which position teeth into place over time. Metal traditional braces have come a long way over the past few years; they are much smaller and far less noticeable than ever before. New forms of metal braces also have heat activated arch wires and these can work to position a patient’s teeth much faster than ever before because the metal will position itself back into place whenever small adjustments have been made. Heat activated arch wires use a patient’s body heat to move teeth in a much more efficient fashion than older style metal braces. This type of treatment is probably the least expensive treatment option for braces.

Ceramic braces:

Ceramic braces are essentially the same idea as traditional metal braces, the only difference is the material that they are made out of. Ceramic braces take on the same size and shape of metal braces but they are less noticeable. The ceramic in these braces is tooth colored and the brackets on the braces are composed of clear material. These type of braces are far less noticeable than metal braces and they are extremely efficient at moving teeth into position. This treatment option is more expensive than metal braces but not as expensive as some other treatment options such as Invisalign.

Lingual braces:

These types of braces are made of the same material as traditional metal braces only the braces and wires are placed on the inside of teeth. These type of braces are virtually invisible from the outside but they can come with a number of complications such as they are more difficult to clean, take longer to adjust, and can be a little more uncomfortable for patients. These braces are also more expensive than traditional metal braces.


This treatment option is one of the most flexible available. Invisalign is a series of aligners that patients can remove it any time. Invisalign is very similar to wearing a mouth guard only the aligners are completely invisible and are form fitting to teeth. Over time aligners will move teeth into place without having to use traditional forms of braces. This is one of the most expensive treatment options but also the most flexible and comfortable.

If you are interested in any of these treatment options please do not hesitate to contact King Orthodontics in Centerville and Fairborn Ohio. We can schedule a complimentary consultation to answer any questions that you might have.

King Orthodontics 6460 Far Hills Ave Centerville, OH
Phone: (937) 433-0830

Types of Braces Explained

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