Metal braces are the most common type of braces and chances are you’ve seen friends and classmates rocking them. The good news is, they’re more low profile and comfortable than ever before. Metal braces are made from high-grade stainless steel and they straighten the teeth using metal brackets and archwires. As a little bonus, you can add colored elastics for a bright, unique smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are less visible than metal braces. Older teenagers and adults who have cosmetic concerns are usually good candidates for this type of treatment. They do require a bit of additional attention to oral hygiene because they’re a little more brittle than metal braces. For this reason, we tend to use them more often on the upper front teeth than the lower teeth.
Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces and consist of brackets and archwires crafted from stainless steel. However, they’re coated in gold so they may be considered a more cosmetic option than their silver counterparts depending on your taste. They sound fancy but the cost of gold braces is comparable to most clear braces.
Lingual braces get their straightening power from brackets and wires similar to the other types of braces, however, they’re placed behind the teeth on the tongue-side and therefore invisible when you smile. Lingual braces are completely customized to match the shape of your teeth and are created uniquely for you. They’re a great option for athletes, models, actors, musicians who play wind instruments and adult professionals.
Find out how we can help you smile with confidence by scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Kwong.