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Whether you’re thinking about getting braces for your kid or you need braces for yourself, not everyone will be comfortable in the same ones. Depending on what stage of life you’re in and what other conditions may mean trying out a different type of braces rather than your traditional style of braces. The problem is that many people don’t realize they have options and instead, go to an orthodontist that only offers traditional braces. In this blog, we’re going to talk about several types of braces and help narrow them down to help you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Metal braces

Metal braces are your standard traditional braces. There are two main parts to traditional braces: the bracket applied to each tooth and wire that attaches them all together and causes them to move. As opposed to braces in the past, modern metal braces are less intrusive, smaller, and less noticeable. And modern technology has allowed teeth to move more quickly and painlessly than before.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are a common alternative to metal braces, offering the same practicality with a less noticeable design. Since the brackets and wires on ceramic braces are made of the same material as your teeth, they are difficult to see, especially at long distances. The only downside to ceramic braces is that they might stain if they aren’t cleaned properly. However, if you’re diligent about following the cleaning routine your orthodontist provides you with, you won’t have any problems.


Invisalign is one of the most effective and commonly used invisible braces that’s offered. The main benefits of choosing Invisalign over other invisible braces is that they eliminate the need to clean around brackets and wires. The Invisalign treatment can be removed at any time to be cleaned and to thoroughly clean the teeth as well. They are unnoticeable unless looking closely, and they can often be a lot more comfortable to wear than other types of braces. Invisalign is a great option for people who want flexibility and to not be constantly restrained by brackets and wires that are constantly attached to their teeth. However, Invisalign is not an option for everyone as it typically can’t be used to treat severe cases of misalignment. With that being said, if you think this may be the best option for you, you should speak with an orthodontist to schedule and appointment.

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are very similar to traditional braces, the difference being that they don’t require a band across the brackets to put tension on the teeth. These braces are said to trap food less easily, be less painful for the patient, and require less trips to the orthodontist. If you have any more questions about self-ligating braces, you should speak with your orthodontist. There may be certain benefits or complications depending on your current oral health or how severe the misalignment of your teeth is.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are also similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are on the inside. The main obvious benefit of incognito lingual braces is that they can’t be seen without the patient opening their mouth all the way. This is a better option for many patients who prefer to avoid having anything on the front of their teeth, allowing them to have a better smile for pictures and allow for easier brushing on the front of the teeth. Like all other types of braces, lingual braces are not for everyone. Whether you get lingual braces or another type of braces will depend on your individual situation and what the orthodontist recommends as the best treatment for your situation.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

As you can see, there are many different braces options out there. However, you shouldn’t make any definitive decisions about which braces are right for you until you’ve spoken with an orthodontist. The type that you wear will depend on your oral health history, current oral health condition, and how severely your teeth are misaligned, as well as your own personal preferences. When you’re ready to set up an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact your Top Rated Local® Orthodontists at Camilo Riano.

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