Usually when people think of braces, they think of the traditional metal braces with metal wires and brackets. But that’s not the only choice available. With today’s technology, you have a variety of options—from the classic metal braces to “invisible” braces to clear aligners. To help you sort out your options, we’ve put together a quick guide to the different types of braces.
5 Types of Braces
Traditional metal braces:
This classic type of braces consists of stainless steel brackets and nickel titanium or stainless steel archwires attached to the brackets using elastics.
How Do You Know Which Type Is Right for You?
Depending on your specific needs and anatomy, you may not be a candidate for every type of braces. St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Dougherty (or a local orthodontist in your area), will let you know which types of braces could work for you. She will help you determine the best choice based on your personal needs.
Besides braces, several different orthodontic appliances may be used during the course of your treatment. Check out our previous post, Glossary of Orthodontic Appliances, for more info.