What are the different types of dental appliances that exist today?

Some people say beauty is pain.

Now you might be wondering, "Does this saying also apply to orthodontic treatment?" The truth is that getting a beautiful smile with braces comes with some discomfort. Whether you opt for traditional metal braces or clear aligners, discomfort is part of the process.

Even the best orthodontist cannot promise painless orthodontic treatment. Remember that braces must exert enough pressure on your teeth to move them in order to achieve proper alignment. Nevertheless, there is good news because you can choose from the different types of braces available.

To learn more about your braces options and the pros and cons of each, read on.


1. Traditional metal suspenders

The most common braces in the world are traditional braces, which use metal brackets and wires. Thanks to innovations in braces, newer metal braces are not as bulky and conspicuous as their previous forms.

Today's metal braces are also more comfortable and faster acting, especially those used with heat-activated arches. For children and teenagers, these braces are the most convenient option.

Unlike clear aligners, traditional metal rings are not removable, so compliance is more manageable.

2. Ceramic straps

If you don't like the look of conventional braces but still want a more affordable brace, consider ceramic braces. Not only are they more discreet, but they are as effective as metal pins.

Ceramic braces are a good option for children, teens, and adult patients who think clear aligners or lingual braces aren't right for them. Note, however, that these braces are slightly larger.

To keep them in good condition, avoid foods or drinks that stain the ceramic and, of course, practice good oral hygiene habits.

3. Lingual Braces

For adult orthodontics , lingual braces are a specialized option. Since the brackets are placed behind the teeth, they are completely invisible to others when you smile.

There are a few downsides though, such as slight speech changes and tongue irritation. These should go away when your mouth gets used to the device in about a few weeks.

4. Other types of braces

Self-ligating appliances and clear aligners are other types of braces your local orthodontist might offer. The former is similar to traditional and ceramic braces, but the material is easier to fit. This means they are ideal for patients who have sensitivity issues, as well as those with developmental delays.

Meanwhile, clear aligners such as Invisalign are removable braces. They look like mouth guards, but they work like braces. For best results, be sure to wear your trays for at least 22 hours a day.

Bring your smile to life

Now that you know the different types of braces, which option do you think is best for you?

If you are unsure, it is best to consult an orthodontist. You can also check out our other posts for more dental tips and advice.