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4 Types of Dental Braces Available For Adults and Kids

dental braces picWith the passage of time, the use of dental braces is becoming more and more common. According to one study, only in United States alone, the use of braces in adults saw an almost 15% increase in the early years of this decade. So let’s look at some of the braces types currently offered.

  1. Metal Dental Braces

These are the most common and traditional type, whenever someone uses the word braces, the image of this metal strip comes to most of our minds. Made from stainless steel, they are quite strong and the most inexpensive type you can find.

However, they are very visible, so if you are looking for invisibility, you have to look at other braces.

The metal braces are held using a thin wire with rubber bands, that puts pressure on the teeth and keeps them on the right track. Also, avoid eating hard and sticky food items so they don’t move.

  1. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made to blend with teeth so they are not as visible as the metal ones. Along with the braces, you can either have white metallic wires or clear elastic wires to hold the braces together.

These braces are more expensive than traditional ones because a) they are delicate thus require more maintenance i.e. once a month and b) require more time to be installed.

The braces maintain their color, but you should be extra careful about colorful food since it can put stains on the ties holding the braces together.

  1. Lingual Dental Braces

Lingual braces are not visible from outside since they’re installed at the back of teeth and that procedure is very complicated. That’s why these are way more expensive than ceramic braces. They are customized for each teeth and which also increases the price.

These braces can cause some difficulty in speech and injury so practice is recommended if someone is using them.

  1. Invisible Braces

These braces are invisible, also called Invisalign; they are fitted on the teeth at all times except when eating and brushing. These are basically custom made rubber trays that are worn on the teeth.
These braces are not for more complicated dental problems; also they are available for kids, only teens and adults. Other than that, they cost at least $2k, even with the insurance. This is why most people opt for other three types.


After having braces installed, one should carefully clean them when needed and be mentally prepared for irritation on gum and cheeks since it take a little time to get accustomed to them.

For more information, consultation or booking an appointment, call us at (916) 226-4437. Dr. Sibia here at Ace Dental will provide you with all the care you require.

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