If your teeth need straightening or a simple realignment, the best option available to you is braces. However, there are a number of different types of braces that you can select from, four in total.

The type that is best for you all depends on what your needs are, as each brace type provides different benefits. The following will provide you with an in-depth look at the types of braces you can choose from.

Standard Metal Braces


Metal braces are typically comprised of stainless steel and are generally among the cheapest type of braces available. Given that they are comprised of steel, they are readily visible. The metallic braces hold together the thin steel wire in place on the upper and lower portions of your teeth. The braces utilize rubber bands to keep them in position, which, in turn, places a large amount of pressure on the teeth, causing them to eventually move in the correct position.

When wearing metal braces, it's essential that you minimize consumption of sticky foods, as they can stick to the braces and be relatively difficult to clean. It's also important that the braces don't move or become dislodged. In order to properly avoid this, you may want to stay away from hard foods as well.

Lingual Braces


Though not quite as common as standard metal braces, lingual braces have a wide variety of advantages that may prove useful to you. These braces are made to be placed behind the teeth in order to be relatively hidden from view.

However, they are definitely not for everyone, due primarily to the fact that they can get in the way of your tongue if you have smaller teeth.

Ceramic Braces


Ceramic braces are generally designed to blend in with your teeth. There are two types of ties available, clear ones comprised of elastic and white ones comprised of metal. The ties can stain over time, especially among those that drink lots of soda or coffee.

Thankfully, the orthodontist replaces these ties every time the braces are adjusted, which is typically once per month. These braces are more sensitive than their metal counterparts, which can lead to chipping.

Gold Braces


Gold braces are highly similar to standard metal braces and are even comprised of the same stainless steel metal. However, they have a unique aesthetic difference in that they receive a gold coating.

This coating doesn't have any substantial benefits besides the cosmetic and aesthetic one.

Invisalign (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances


Invisalign is one of the modern alternatives to metal braces. These aligners are completely invisible and can be removed at any time, particularly when eating food and brushing your teeth.

Invisalign doesn't use metal, so they are commonly believed to be a more comfortable option when compared to standard braces. Dr. Matt Beecroft is also an Invisalign Premier Provider.

Self-ligating braces


Self-ligating braces (SLBs) are defined as a dental brace, which utilizes a permanently installed, movable component to entrap the archwire. Self-ligating braces are classified into two categories: Passive and Active.

These braces were typically made from stainless steel but, in some cases, are available in polycarbonate or ceramic. One of the most significant differences from conventional dental braces is the absence of elastic bands or ties.

If you're considering the usage of some type of braces to correct your teeth positioning, contact us by phone at 540-898-2200 or through the contact page for Fredericksburg, North Stafford or King George offices at any time.

Types of Braces