Different Types of Braces

        Lingual braces are those in which the brackets are placed on the inner aspect of your teeth so that they cannot be seen for aesthetic purposes. Their maintenance can be difficult due to their positioning since the brush may not reach well on the inner aspect of your teeth. Since they are technique sensitive and difficult to place, they usually cost more than the traditional metal braces but they are completely worth the cost



Ceramic Braces-They are also called as aesthetic braces, tooth-colored braces, porcelain braces or clear braces. Ceramic braces are very popular nowadays owing to the advantage that they blend with the tooth color and are not seen.Ceramic braces are commonly used by teenagers and young adults as they are highly aesthetic. But since these are very liable to breaking, they cannot be used when more amount of pressure is needed to move the teeth. Hence they are recommended to be used in minor spacing and crowding cases.



These types of braces are gradually gaining popularity nowadays because they need fewer visit to the orthodontist from time to time. The teeth need lesser adjustments and hence move with lesser friction. The patient also experiences lesser pain and discomfort to the gums. It is also advantageous for the orthodontist to use these brackets as the time to ligate each tooth is saved. It is used in moderate crowding cases.



These are clear braces which are comparatively costlier than lingual or self ligating braces. They can be removed before eating, cleaning and brushing and need to be changed from time to time. After a required amount of tooth movement has been carried out, they need to be changed to further continue with the process. This has to continue till the intended tooth position has been acquired. As other types of braces, these braces are not much known about and hence not in full fledged practice.


These are the commonest braces and in maximum use by the orthodontists. They are comparatively cheaper and yield great results however complicated the malocclusion might be. These brackets are attached to the tooth surface with a cement and then connected to each other using archwires and secured using ligatures or elastomeric rings. They are less aesthetic since they are made of high grade stainless steel metal but can be advised in difficult cases

Depending on the type of malocclusion, the severity, the time required to correct the malocclusion, depending on the patient’s demand and financial consideration, the orthodontist could help you best to choose the type of braces you require


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