Dental technology has brought us to an exciting time with regards to dental braces. There are many types of braces from metal braces to ceramic braces, from tooth-colored braces to clear braces. It's no longer a stage that is feared by teens everywhere. Many teens almost look forward to getting braces because it signifies a right-of-passage and shows that they are not a kid anymore. Review the various types of braces below.

1. Metal Braces: Metal braces are the most commonly used braces and any orthodontist can provide this system of braces. The system involves brackets that are glued to each tooth.

2.Ceramic Braces:- Ceramic Braces are are not as visible as metal braces. Ceramic braces are a little more expensive and they're not as strong as metal braces, but they look great.

3.Lingual Braces:- Lingual Braces are attached behind the teeth so they’re not visible when you smile. Lingual braces are also more expensive than traditional metal braces but the advantages are apparent.

4.Invisalign Braces:- Invisalign braces are virtually invisible. These alignment trays are created from molds and can be removed for brushing and flossing. They're the Cadillac of braces, if you can afford them

5.Damon Braces:- Damon Braces have an advantage over traditional braces in the fact that they do not require rubber bands. Instead the bracket allows for the wire to slide making them more comfortable.

There are many different types of braces that can be placed on the teeth by an Orthodontist. But braces are a relatively new and unexplored area. Think about how old mankind has roamed this planet. And braces have only been around for a little more than 50 years. They are relatively a new discovery and the types of braces have really exploded in recent years. There are so many different types of braces because there are multiple scenarios and factors that will affect the nature of teeth straightening. Not every case is the same and therefore you cannot use the same treatment on every person needing braces. Hence the different types! And with each passing year it seems like Orthodontics as a whole is inventing new or bettering existing methods for straightening teeth with braces.

The type of braces that you need will hinge of a few elements and will also depend on what your Doctor suggests. You Orthodontist's approach will be based on how serious your case is. In some extreme cases, the Orthodontist must have teeth removed, or some may require jaw changes with surgery or head gear. But with some cases, simple retainers may be used to shape your teeth. Of course the time need for each case varies greatly. Do not be afraid to voice your opinion regarding the types of braces you are interested in. If you do not feel comfortable with braces that show, ask about other options like Lingual Braces or Invisalign which are hidden braces. Or if you want those cool colors go ahead and ask. Maybe you just want the fastest treatment possible or the cheapest. After all your Orthodontist is there to make you happy.