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What are the different types of dental braces for teeth?

Braces come in many different varieties, and the type of braces used to straighten teeth will depend on the patient’s individual needs. At Global Smiles Orthodontics, Dr. Edgar Mendieta and his team may recommend one of the three main types of methods: metal braces, ceramic, or invisible aligners.

  • Metal braces. Metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment for patients with misaligned teeth or an improper bite. These consist of brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of each tooth, connected by a thin archwire that pulls the teeth gradually into their proper positions over time. Newer versions of metal braces use smaller wires and brackets than traditional metal braces to reduce discomfort during treatment.
  • Ceramic braces. Ceramic braces offer a less-visible alternative to metal braces, as they are made of clear or tooth-colored material. They work just like regular braces, but the brackets blend in with your teeth and make them less noticeable.
  • Invisible aligners. Invisible aligners are an excellent choice for adults who want an aesthetic option for straightening their teeth without the need for traditional braces. These aligners are custom-made to fit each patient’s mouth and work by gradually shifting the teeth into place over time. Unlike metal braces, these can be removed when eating or cleaning your teeth, making them much more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces.

No matter which variety of braces you choose, it is important to ensure that you get regular check-ups with your dentist and Orthodontist to ensure your progress is happening as planned.

Call for an evaluation today!

If you live in Columbus and want to speak to our team about the types of braces for straightening teeth, call (614) 230-0374 to request an appointment with our team, conveniently located at 3160 West Broad Street. We serve both children and adults in the metropolitan area and can help you smile confidently!

Dr. Edgar Mendieta

Dr. Edgar Mendieta

Dr. Edgar Mendieta, is a highly regarded orthodontist in Columbus, OH, currently holding the esteemed position of President at the Cleveland Society of Orthodontists. His academic journey began with earning his bachelor’s degree at UCLA, followed by comprehensive dental training at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. Dr. Mendieta gained experience practicing general dentistry before pursuing specialization in orthodontics through a distinguished program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Known for his passion for travel, he connects effortlessly with patients of all ages and backgrounds and is trusted for upholding the highest standards of patient care.