Pros and Cons of the 4 Types of Braces

When one thinks of braces, there aren’t a lot of positive images that come to mind. Nothing is really attractive about putting a bunch of metal in your face. Going to the orthodontist and having your brackets tightened is pretty uncomfortable. Lots of food gets stuck in between the wires. There’s plenty of food that you’re not allowed to eat. Your orthodontist tells you that you’ll be having them removed “the next time you come in”, but you realize he’s said that the last six visits.

Braces are definitely one of life’s unnecessary evils along with math homework, which can often be debated as being just plain evil.

If your dentist or an orthodontist has hinted at you getting braces in the near future, your first thought might have been a long sigh and sad feeling. Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. It will all be worth it when you see your perfect smile at the end of the road.

If you’re in Houston, there are plenty of orthodontists to visit. Make sure you find one with experience helping teens fit their braces. A good orthodontist can go a long way!

When you first go in for your appointment, your orthodontist might show you and your parents the different kinds of braces. Did you know that there are four different types? Well, now you do!

Below, we’re going to go over the pros and cons of each different type of braces to find one you can hopefully suffer pleasantly through.

Metal Braces

The common metal brackets are what you think of when you hear braces, and for good reason. They’ve been around for decades and don’t show any sign of slowing down. Let’s just hope you don’t have any headgear that will have to go with them.


They’re small and don’t cover as much of your teeth as they used to, meaning they’re more comfortable than what your parents or older siblings might recall. Many now use heat-activated wires, meaning they use your body heat to help change your teeth position.

More interesting for your parents probably, but they are also the least expensive. The floor cost is about $3000. At least you can pick your own colors for the brackets!


They are the most visible of all braces and still pretty uncomfortable. There aren’t many cons for metal braces, which is probably why they’ve been around for so long.

Ceramic Braces

You may also hear these called “clear” or “camouflage” braces. The brackets and wires are often teeth-colored which blend in quite easily.


They don’t stand out as much as metal braces do, meaning your smile will look more like a regular smile than someone with metal attached to their teeth. They work at the same speed as metal braces and are essentially the same.


They are more expensive than metal braces. Other than that, they don’t have any real flaws to them.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are the exact same as metal braces but instead of being on the outside of your teeth, they are on the inside. Only eagle-eyed mouth enthusiasts or your orthodontist will be able to tell you’re wearing them.


Just like ceramic braces, they are hard to spot and stay out of the way.


They are much more difficult to align and adjust, meaning that tightening periods could be a bit more painful than other types of braces. Also, they take a bigger adjustment period and are quite uncomfortable at the beginning. They are taking up your tongue’s space. In addition, they are more expensive than metal braces.


The new hip and trendy teeth adjustment option, invisalign braces are clear, retainer like adjusters that are all the rage these days.


They are, well, almost invisible. You have no restrictions on what you can’t eat and can be taken out at any time. They are quite comfortable and easy to get used to. You don’t have to go to many orthodontist appointments.


They are incredibly expensive, about double the cost of regular metal braces and are pretty pricey to replace as well. Moreover, if you have a serious dental problem or all your teeth are yet to come in, you’re going to be ineligible for invisaligns.

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