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Here are a few pros and cons of four types of braces.

Traditional Braces

When you hear about braces, the first thing that likely comes to mind is metal brackets and wires tightly adhered to the teeth; you might be right! However, today’s traditional braces are far less invasive or obvious.


  • Most cost-effective option
  • Colored bands available


  • Most noticeable form of braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces were once known as clear braces. They are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, but the brackets mimic the teeth’ color or are clear.


  • Less visible compared to metal braces
  • Produce results faster as compared to plastic aligners, such as Invisalign


  • Brackets may stain easily
  • Greater care required to maintain “clear” appearance
  • Greater expense compared to metal braces

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are the least popular form of braces. They look and feel exactly like traditional braces; however, they are placed on the inside of the teeth (the area facing the tongue.)


  • They are completely invisible from exterior observation


  • Greater initial discomfort
  • Expensive
  • Cannot treat severe cases
  • Difficult to clean
  • Routine adjustments are difficult


The newest form of braces has rapidly become the most popular, especially among the adult population. Invisalign braces are clear, plastic teeth aligners that resemble a mouthguard.


  • Visually invisible
  • No restrictions on food and beverage intake


  • Only available for adults and teens
  • Not suitable for all orthodontics cases
  • Among the most expensive options
  • Replacements are costly
  • May be easily lost
  • Desired results may take longer than with traditional braces

Before deciding on which type of braces to get, it’s good to consider the pros and cons of available options and discuss them with your dentist. Schedule an appointment today with Sair Dental Group. Call us at 832.924.2666.

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