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Types of braces for straightening the teeth

A perfect smile can enhance your personality by manifold. However, not everyone is blessed with a perfect set of teeth. With advancement in orthodontics, various dental procedures have been developed to correct dental problems. Of all the available dental treatments to improve the smile, Braces are commonly used and have been used since long to correct crooked teeth in a convenient manner.

There are several types of braces for straightening teeth. Depending on your aesthetic goals and degree of misalignment of teeth, your orthodontist can suggest which one will be ideal for you.

Traditional Metal Braces

One of the most common types of braces, traditional Metal braces are one of the least expensive options to correct the crooked teeth. Comprising two basic components, the metal bracket and the bendable metal wire, are a particularly good option to correct alignment problems in kids and teenagers. 

While metal brackets are applied to the teeth, the bendable wires keep the brackets together to apply pressure to the teeth and ultimately move them thus correcting the alignment. The modern version of these metal braces has smaller brackets making them less visible. Being an inexpensive option as compared to other braces, these are highly popular and even provide fun coloured rubber bands choices. 

Ceramic Braces

A new entrant in the braces family, ceramic braces are custom made for every person based on their structure of teeth and aesthetic goals. Also known as clear braces, ceramic braces consist of clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets that are attached to the surface of your teeth. Since they are of the same color as your teeth, they are prone to staining and you need to take very good care of the braces while eating and drinking. However, they are more comfortable than traditional metal braces and are often unnoticeable. Also they are less painful on your gums and cheeks as ceramic is not as harsh. 

Lingual Braces

A modified version of traditional metal braces, Lingual Braces are also just like metal braces but are fixated on the back of the teeth facing the tongueso as to prevent them from being visible. They are far less intrusive as compared to traditional metal braces and are a great option for people who don’t like the look of traditional braces. Just like other braces, lingual braces require careful cleaning to prevent staining, plaque bacteria and cavities.But because the brackets are located on the inside of the teeth, cleaning them can be a bit more challenging. Don’t panic! You can visit your orthodontist regularly for professional cleaning to avoid dental decay. 


A breakthrough in orthodontics, Invisalign braces are growing in popularity to fix crooked and protruding teeth. Being the clear alternative to those metal braces, they fit on your teeth like thin mouthguards. These clear plastic aligners can be removed by the patient himself without any discomfort while eating and drinking to avoid staining. These are almost invisible and hence carry a higher aesthetic appeal than others. Greatly preferred by teenagers and adults today, Invisalign clear braces can solve most teeth alignment issues. With no edges that cause you discomfort, an invisible appearance and lower upkeep Invisalign braces are a premium and trusted choice for aligning the teeth.

Self-Ligating braces

A modified version of your traditional metal braces, Self-Ligating braces make use of clips instead of elastic bands to hold the archwire in place. This reinforced structure ensures reduced friction between the wire and the brace, thereby giving more freedom for the movement of the mouth. Self-Ligating braces are often praised by patients for being comparatively comfortable and easy to clean. Since there are no elastic ties that wear-off in a short period, your appointments to the dentist can be spread over a wider time frame. Self-Ligating braces are easier on the pocket, more comfortable and save you from frequent dentist visits which makes them worth the premium price.

Braces are an excellent way to align teeth and get the beautiful smile you deserve. Consult your orthodontist for the best possible orthodontic treatment option as per your dental condition and aesthetic goals and flaunt a mesmerizing smile.

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