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Types of Dental Braces

Types of Braces

When you think of dental braces, you may think of the traditional metal brackets and wires. However, technology has evolved so that there are many types of braces to choose from now. The type of braces that is best for you depends on the extent of treatment needed, how long you will need treatment, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Your orthodontist will tell you about the different types of braces that will work best for your diagnosis and answer any questions you have.

Choose Your Look

Crystal Clear Braces

  • Clear ceramic brackets
  • Nearly invisible against any tooth shade
  • Smooth surface
  • Stain-resistant
  • Odor-resistant
  • Easy placement and debonding

Clear Combo Braces

  • Clear ceramic brackets on top teeth
  • Traditional metal brackets on bottom teeth
  • Aesthetic, budget-friendly choice

Traditional Metal Braces

  • High-grade stainless steel brackets
  • Most economical choice
  • Can customize with colored bands

Experiment with colors

Clear Aligners

  • Nearly-invisible aligners
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Remove to eat, brush and floss
  • No food restrictions
  • Easy to clean

Crystal Clear Braces

Clear bracket braces are our most aesthetic option, offering tooth-colored ceramic brackets that are nearly invisible against any tooth shade. They’re resistant to stains and odors, and have a smooth surface so they are very comfortable to wear.

Clear braces are very popular with people who do a lot of public speaking, such as teachers, sales representatives, and other professionals. Many people may not even notice that you’re wearing braces!

Clear Combo Braces

A combination of clear brackets and metal brackets is an aesthetic, budget-friendly choice for many of our patients. In some cases, the orthodontist may place the tooth-colored “invisible” braces on your top teeth, and metal brackets on your bottom teeth. In other cases, the orthodontist may place the tooth-colored brackets on the front top teeth and the front bottom teeth, and use metal brackets for the teeth in the back that are not as visible when you smile. Your orthodontist will discuss which method is the best one for you so you can have an aesthetic and affordable smile while going through your orthodontic treatment.

Traditional Metal Braces

Gone are the days of “railroad track” smiles. Today’s metal braces use high-grade stainless steel brackets that can be customized with clear or colored bands. Children and teenagers in particular enjoy accessorizing their braces with bands that reflect their school colors, team colors, or simply their favorite colors. Metal braces are the most economical choice, and still the most popular type.


Step 1: Choose your color by clicking on one of the color swatches.

Step 2: Click either directly on a single tooth or on one of the tooth selections below to change the color.

All Teeth
Top Teeth
Bottom Teeth
Even Teeth
Odd Teeth


* NOTE: Some colors may not be available at all locations.

Clear Aligners

Want straighter teeth but don’t want to get braces? Ask your Coast Dental orthodontist if CoastClear Aligners would work for you. Instead of applying brackets and wires to your teeth, your orthodontist will create a series of comfortable, lightweight aligners that you can remove to eat and brush your teeth. Each set of aligners is in a slightly different shape designed to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Best of all, the thin plastic aligners are almost invisible to see, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Your Coast Dental orthodontist will talk to you about which orthodontic treatment option will be best for your specific needs, budget, and lifestyle. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling (844) 6-SMILES.

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