Getting Braces: Which Type Is Right For You?

Posted on: 17 February 2015

In the past, there was one option for braces, but today there are many different solutions to correct crooked teeth. If you are considering braces, check out these four common options and determine which is best for you.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces, or metal braces, are the original. They have stainless steel metal brackets and wires that, when tightened, push teeth into the correct position. Although newer metal braces are smaller than braces of the past, they are still the most noticeable type of braces, making many people feel self-conscious. However, they are also the least expensive type of braces, and they are perfect for even severely crooked teeth.

Who Benefits: If you have mild to severe crooked teeth and are on a strict budget, traditional braces are the right option. Although they are more noticeable, they'll save you money, and you can personalize them with different colors to make them part of your style.


Instead of metal and wires, Invisalign uses plastic aligners, which are shaped much like mouth guards. Every two weeks, you get a new set, which slowly move your teeth. Invisalign comes with many benefits. They are invisible and removable, allowing you to eat and clean your teeth better. However, Invisalign is more costly than other options and it does not correct serious crookedness.

Who Benefits: If your teeth are mild to moderately crooked and you don't want anyone to know you have braces, Invisalign is a great option. However, be prepared to use Invisalign for the rest of your life, because you'll have to continue to wear a retainer at night.

Lingual Braces

Just like traditional braces, lingual braces use brackets and wires, but they sit on the inside of your teeth. Because they are hidden, the lingual braces are virtually invisible from the outside. Unfortunately, they come with many disadvantages. They are costly, difficult to clean and they are poor options for severe cases.

Who Benefits: Lingual braces may be a good option if you do not have severely crooked teeth and want to hide your braces, but you don't like the idea of wearing a retainer after treatment.  

Damon System Braces

Like traditional braces, Damon system braces use wires and brackets, but they do not use elastic o-rings, which help to hold the wires in place on traditional braces. Instead, Damon system braces use sliders. These sliders mean the braces are less painful and allow for faster treatment times. They are also more compact and easier to clean than traditional braces. However, they are a more expensive option and are not invisible. Although, there is a clear bracket option, making them less noticeable.

Who Benefits: Damon system braces are an excellent option for anyone with mild to severely crooked teeth, especially those who are already considering traditional braces because they create less pain and faster results.

Everyone is different, so there is no perfect braces option. The perfect option for you depends on your situation and preferences. For more information about braces, contact a dentist in your area, such as Leo R Cullinan DDS MS, today.