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What Kinds Of Braces Are There?

The orthodontics industry has provided dentists with an extensive set of options to treat their patient’s needs, and that includes a number of different styles of braces that may be appropriate for those needing to fix a misalignment. The specifics of each patients case may make one or more of these appropriate for addressing the concerns present, and only a consultation with your dentist will determine which of these four styles are right for your case.

Metal Braces: The Traditional Method

These braces are well known by anyone who’s ever considered receiving orthodontic treatment for teeth that are misaligned or have gaps. These are the silvery metal brackets that are affixed to the teeth with a wire frame and elastic adjusters to change the alignment of the teeth over time. Easily visible anytime the teeth are bared and difficult to clean due to the many nooks and crannies, these devices are rapidly falling out of favor except where finances or specific issues require.

Ceramic Braces: Invisible Traditional

This style of braces is merely a variation on traditional braces implementing materials that are similar in appearance to the teeth themselves and therefore are hard to spot through casual observation. The brackets are made of a special ceramic while the wires themselves are chosen to match the color of the patient’s teeth. Prior to recent innovations like Invisalign, these were in high demand due to their nearly invisible nature.

Lingual Braces: Inside Out Traditional

These braces are a clever attempt to hide the braces entirely, mounting them on the inner portion of the teeth near the tongue rather than on the outside facing the lips. While these devices take longer to accomplish their goals they are even less visible than the ceramic braces, but they come with an added difficulty to speaking, eating, and cleaning due to their inconvenient placement. While favored by those avoiding the look associated with braces, they never really caught on due to their intrusive nature.


Truly the king of the braces world, Invisalign is a relative newcomer. These devices are nearly as effective as traditional braces, able to treat almost anything their predecessors are capable of. However, unlike the older variety, these are nearly invisible while being worn due to their completely transparent nature, and can be removed for up to two hours a day. Patients who wear these traditionally choose to leave them off during meals so they can enjoy all their favorite things without fear.

Any of these treatments will result in a fantastic new smile, but which one is specifically appropriate for you is up to your dentist. The things that will affect your dentist’s decision will be the nature of your particular dental concern and the financial reality surrounding your ability to decide on a particular style. Call Dr. Dan Hoang at his office in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment and consultation today. The experts at Dan Hoang DDS & Associates have been bringing brighter smiles to patients throughout their area, and they can do it for you too!

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