There are many different kinds of braces available to most all patients, of which your Orthodontist will take the time to weigh the benefits as well as the concerns for each. Read on for a brief review of the different types of braces you can expect to be presented to you. The traditional metal braces These high-grade stainless steel metal braces are the most common type of braces worn by Americans today. With new and improved comfortability, as well as the option to personalize your set with colored bands these braces will effectively straighten your teeth using arch wires and brackets. Ceramic (clear) braces Clear or ceramic braces are not made of metal and are therefore less visible against the white backdrop of the tooth. For this reason, ceramic braces are often a viable option for those who have cosmetic concerns such as adults or older teenagers. Though these braces are arguably visually more appealing, they do require more maintenance not only at home, but also at the orthodontist as this option is more brittle than its metal casing. For this reason, ceramic braces are generally recommend for top front teeth as opposed to back or bottom. Self-Litigating braces Self-litigating braces are comprised of the same materials as the traditional option, the difference being that they do not require the use of elastics. So what does this mean for you? It means less dental visits and less friction on your teeth. Self-litigating braces are the same size as the traditional option but come with an option of ceramic, metal or clear brackets. The arch wires are guided by a special clip that requires fewer adjustments than elastics that puts significantly less pressure on the teeth. Lingual braces Lingual braces are 100 percent invisible from the front as they are placed along the backside of the teeth. Making this brace type the best solution for actors, musicians, models and athletes. These types of braces are completely creating uniquely for each patient in order to adequately remain hidden behind the teeth. Before you make a decision on the type of braces you want be sure and consider all of your options and talk over your final decision with your orthodontist to be sure that your selection is his best recommendation.