What Are the Different Types of Braces?

As you begin the journey to improve your unique smile, you may wonder, “What are the different types of braces?” and “which is right for me?” With the help of our team at Risinger Orthodontics, deciding what kind of braces fit your individual needs and your lifestyle is easy! 

Risinger Orthodontics offers a sophisticated variety of braces, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and removable, nearly invisible alignersLearn more about the different types of braces!

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional Metal Braces remain a tried and true orthodontic treatment, especially for patients with advanced orthodontic needs. This classic appliance uses a system of guide wires held to the teeth with brackets and rubber bands. Over time the device directs the teeth into optimal placement for smiling, eating, speaking, and enjoying life. 

Advancements in braces technology have alleviated the pain once associated with getting braces. Easy adjustments and smaller, smoother brackets are some benefits modern metal braces offer. 


Clear Braces

While clear braces use the same method for tooth alignment as traditional metal braces, they are much less visible than metal braces. Patients seeking a healthier smile can skip the metal brackets and silver wires, enjoying a more discreet approach to a healthy smile. While most orthodontists upcharge for clear braces, we keep our braces costs the same so patients can get the care they want! 

Discuss proper cleaning methods with our orthodontic experts at Risinger Orthodontics, as the clear elastic ties on these braces may develop stains. 


Clear Aligners

Clear aligners provide comfort and inconspicuousness for patients seeking braces without bulky brackets. The sleek, clear, removable trays adjust teeth gently over time. Often, clear aligners go unseen and unnoticed. 

While clear aligners are sought after by many, not every orthodontist has the skills and experience to get results with aligners. As an Invisalign Diamond Plus provider, Dr. Rick has unmatched insight into how to use aligner technology to restore your smile. 

A young smiling woman holding invisalign braces in studio, dental healthcare and Orthodontic concept.

Self-Ligating Braces

These braces look nearly identical to metal braces. They even come with ceramic or metal finishes. Self-ligating braces rely on a system of clips and doors to grip the wires and adjust teeth automatically. 

Close up of a woman's mouth, smiling with metal braces

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are perhaps the least sought-after. These braces may cause increased friction between the brackets and the tongue. The position of the appliance can affect the patient’s speech. 

Close-up of female patient having check-up of dental braces on the back side of her teeth at dental clinic.

Which Type Of Braces is Right For Me?

Every form of braces comes with new responsibilities. Deciding which braces fit your orthodontic needs and lifestyle requires the help of an orthodontist. 

During your consultation, we will consider factors like hygiene, aesthetics, price, and results and the best treatment plan for you. We work one-on-one with our patients to find the right fit for your lifestyle. 

Learn More About The Different Types of Braces Offered at Risinger Orthodontics

At Risinger Orthodontics, we provide healthy smiles that we hope to help you maintain for a lifetime. Making decisions about braces may seem hard, but with our guidance, you’ll be on your way to a smile that you cannot help but show off. 

If you are interested in finding out more about braces, call us at 860-633-8321 to set up your complimentary consultation.