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Which Braces are the Best?

We’re often asked, “Which braces are the best?” And the truth is, there is no right answer to this question. The type of braces your orthodontist will recommend and fit depend largely on your budget, style, and personal preferences. There are pros and cons to all types of braces, but one thing you can be sure of - if you are fitted for braces by an orthodontist, you can expect results and a beautiful smile.

Types of Braces

Clear and traditional braces are the most common types of braces, but there are others that consumers should be aware of as well. Read on to learn more about which types of braces truly work and which you should certainly avoid.


Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces were at one time the only option for those seeking brighter, more beautiful smiles. While there are other options on the market today, traditional metal braces remain a common type of dental treatment offered by orthodontists. Today’s metal braces even offer the option of being self-ligating, meaning no elastic bands or metal ties are needed to keep them in place.

Traditional metal braces are also a popular option for children due to their durability and tendency to hold up to wear and tear. While you may have to make a trip to the orthodontist should an issue arise, metal braces are the most recommended for children who may be tempted to remove clear braces when parents aren’t around. Lastly, traditional braces are sometimes the only option for those with significant spacing or adjustment needs. Unlike clear braces which gradually move the teeth a little at a time, metal braces exert pressure that forces difficult teeth, particularly large molars, into shape.


Advantages of Traditional Braces:

  • Affordable
  • Customizable
  • Durable
  • Treats Even Difficult Cases


Clear Braces

Clear braces such as those offered by Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are some of the most popular types of braces available today. Many adults and teens choose clear braces in order to avoid the visible brackets associated with traditional metal braces. Clear braces are also much easier to clean and maintain than metal braces, which require you to brush more efficiently and more often, and they are also much less painful to apply. One thing to note, however, is that clear braces will require you to make periodic trips to your orthodontist for new trays.  


Advantages of Clear Braces:

  • No Brackets or Wires
  • Easy to Clean
  • Painless Fitting

DIY Braces Kits

You may have seen the latest craze in orthodontic treatments advertised on Instagram and Facebook - DIY braces kits. These kits target teens and young adults and claim to provide a beautiful, straighter, more radiant smile in as little as six weeks at a significantly lower price than traditional and clear braces fitted by an orthodontist. The downside - there’s no evidence to support the claim that they actually work.

You’ve heard the saying “You get what you pay for.” In this case, it could not be more true. When you invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in DIY braces kits that include a plastic mold that may or may not provide an accurate fit for your teeth without the help of an orthodontist, you’re risking your investment on a gimmick that claims to provide something it doesn’t. Without medical grade products and a trained doctor who can provide individualized treatment options, you run the risk of developing infections from non-sterile materials and losing money on a product that can’t provide results.


Braces Near Me

Ready to find out which option is right for you? Schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Parris and to find out more about which types of braces can help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve dreamt of.



Posted by Bill Parris at 4:56 PM
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