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What are the Different Types of Dental Braces?

Diana Bocco
Updated Feb 19, 2024
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Dental braces, also known as orthodontic brackets, are common among teenagers and even adults. They can be used to adjust crooked teeth, misaligned upper and lower jaw, and uneven bites, including overbites and underbites. While most dentists can provide braces if requested, a specialist, known as an orthodontist, is usually more qualified to decide which braces are the best in a particular situation. There are many types of braces now available, including ones made of metal, ceramic, and gold, as well as those that go inside the teeth or which are nearly invisible.

Metal dental braces are the oldest type. They've been in use for decades and are made of stainless steel. While they are still expensive, they are still considered the cheapest of all options. Metal braces can stain the surface of the teeth, which is why many people shy away from them in the first place.

Ceramic or clear braces are less visible and look more natural than metal braces, as they blend in with the teeth. They do not stain and are as strong as metal devices, but they also require a longer treatment time and can be a good deal more expensive.

Gold dental braces are the same as traditional metal braces, but they are made of gold-plated steel. There are no advantages to using gold over steel, except from the cosmetic appeal.

Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth. They are the preferred option for people who want their braces to be truly invisible. The biggest drawback is that they can be uncomfortable and result in cuts and sores on the tongue. Speaking can be difficult at first, too.

Invisalign® braces can be a good option for those with relatively minor alignment problems. They are practically invisible, and can be removed for eating and brushing the teeth. These braces are computer-designed and must be changed every two weeks, since they are made of clear plastic and cannot be adjusted. On the downside, they tend to be rather expensive and not every dentist is trained to use them. In fact, orthodontists must be trained by Align Technologies, the company that manufactures them, before they are allowed to use them on patients.

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Diana Bocco
By Diana Bocco
Diana Bocco, a versatile writer with a distinct voice, creates compelling long-form and short-form content for various businesses. With a data-focused approach and a talent for sharing engaging stories, Diana’s written work gets noticed and drives results.
Discussion Comments
By staceybeck01 — On Oct 22, 2013

I think I'm too old to get braces, but I guess now is better than never.

By anon328482 — On Apr 04, 2013

As we know that there are many types of braces, so all have different costs. I think the average cost is between $4,000 and $5,000.

By anon149070 — On Feb 03, 2011

i had my braces installed around four months ago for $720. The treatment is going quite well and in all probability, they will be off in another few months. Just so that you'll know, I've got metallic ones.

By anon119160 — On Oct 16, 2010

I'm getting ceramic ones in two months. I love the NHS free dentistry.

By ranjitba — On Oct 15, 2010

I have a ceramic tooth crowned in the upper front. and i want to go for braces especially the removable ones. please make some suggestions.

By anon103066 — On Aug 10, 2010

my sis paid about 6000 USD for the ceramic braces.

By athenacsr — On Jul 29, 2010

My dental provider in Bethpage New York provides competitive prices for braces.

By anon94274 — On Jul 07, 2010

My SmartClip self ligating braces are $4,200 US.

By anon85867 — On May 22, 2010

The most common type of dental braces are traditional, metal, ceramic and lingual.

By anon85498 — On May 20, 2010

Top and bottom were $5,900 Canadian.

By anon54173 — On Nov 27, 2009

average cost of braces: $5,200.

By anon7254 — On Jan 22, 2008

What is the average cost of ceramic braces?

Diana Bocco
Diana Bocco
Diana Bocco, a versatile writer with a distinct voice, creates compelling long-form and short-form content for various...
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