The Different Kinds of Braces
By Joseph Kizior, DDS
August 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics

It’s time to figure out what orthodontic treatment will best fit your needs.


Different Types of Braces

No matter whether you are seven years old or an adult, it’s never too late to get braces and our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist Dr. Joseph Kizior makes this possible by providing a variety of different orthodontic treatment options. We know that our patients are all looking for different things when it comes to braces, and our ultimate goal is to get you the straight smile you want.

Here are the most common types of braces:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic/transparent braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear aligners

Traditional Braces

Despite all the different kinds of braces out there today, traditional braces will always be around because they are often the best and most efficient way to fix a variety of misalignments and dental problems. The look and feel of this metal bracket-and-wire system has gotten quite a makeover through the years and they are now sleeker and more lightweight than ever before.

Who should consider traditional braces?

  • Patients with more severe malocclusions (“bad bites”)
  • Patients that require more complicated tooth movements

Ceramic Braces

These braces work the same way that traditional braces do. The only difference is that instead of stainless steels brackets, our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist will create these brackets from a clear or tooth-colored material so they are less visible when bonded to the front of your teeth.

Who should consider ceramic braces?

  • Patients looking for a more discreet orthodontic treatment
  • Patients who are dedicated to keeping their braces clean (as poor hygiene can lead to visible discolorations)
  • Patients willing to spend a bit more for a more visibly discreet orthodontic system

Lingual Braces

Imagine getting metal braces but having them bonded to the back surface of your teeth instead of the front. This system is one of the least noticeable options for patients who need to straighten their smiles. Of course, because they are bonded to the back of your teeth they aren’t right for everyone including those with underbites. Some drawbacks are that the braces could affect your speech or irritate your tongue.

Who should consider lingual braces?

  • Patients looking to hide their orthodontic treatment
  • Patients who are okay with paying a little more for their braces
  • Patients with good oral hygiene who will brush and floss their teeth and braces properly

Clear Aligners

Most people think of this type of orthodontic treatment and immediately think of Invisalign. Of course, there are a variety of different orthodontic systems that use clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth to move them into the proper position. These aligners can treat a variety of minor-to-moderate malocclusions.

Who should consider clear aligners?

  • Older teens and adults who are dealing with misalignments in their smile
  • Patients who aren’t dealing with more complicated tooth movements
  • Patients looking for a subtle, nearly invisible approaching to a straighter smile
  • Patients dedicated to wearing their aligners for the majority of the day
  • Patients who are dedicated to keeping their aligners clean and stain-free

If you are interested in getting braces for you or your child in Western Springs, IL, then it’s the perfect time to call our office today to schedule a consultation.