Types of Dental Braces

Posted by Dr Ding | 9th July 2018

Having crooked teeth can be a real problem, especially for your self-esteem. This is why dentists keep a close eye on the development of adult teeth. Childhood is the perfect time for corrective measures to be out in place. However, crooked teeth can be corrected using braces at any age.

Keep in mind that dental braces are not for people with weakened gums or poor dental health. That is why it’s so important to visit your dental clinic every 6 months, to check out your teeth before any major problems appear.

There are many dental clinics in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia that provide all types of dental services, including bracesteeth whiteningdental surgery and tooth extraction. Choose the one that is right for you.

These days there are many new types of braces for kids and adults. You have a wide variety of options, some so advanced that no one may ever know you are wearing braces.

Here are the most popular types:

Metal Braces

Metal braces are also known as traditional braces. Today's traditional braces are less invasive, smaller and come with heat activated arch wires which help reduce pain and expedite results.

• Less expensive
• Coloured bands available
• Precise results

• Most noticeable form of braces
• You will need to brush carefully to keep your teeth clean. 

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are also known as clear braces. They are similar to metal braces, but they are less noticeable, because the brackets mimic the color of the teeth.

• Less visual than traditional braces
• Results are faster than plastic aligners
• Precise results 

• More expensive than traditional braces
• Braces stain easily
• More maintenance needed to keep the braces looking clear 

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, they feel and look just like metal braces. No one can see them, but it is hard to straighten your teeth from the inside. This type of braces are custom fit and they are really discreet.

• Invisible

• It could take a couple of days for the tongue to adapt.
• Difficult to clean
• Lengthy appointments in the dental clinic
• High Price
• It’s difficult to treat severe cases


The newest form of braces. It is extremely popular especially among adults. Invisalign resembles a mouth guard, because they are a series of 18 to 30 tailor made, clear, plastic teeth aligners. These aligners should be removed and replaced every two weeks.

• Invisible
• You can eat and drink whatever you want because Invisalign can be removed for eating, drinking and teeth brushing
• Your dental clinic will be able to show you how your teeth should look once the treatment is finished. 

• Invisalign is only available for adults and teenagers, not kids
• Expensive
• Results take longer
• You can lose it
• It’s not recommend for all cases
• To replace them cost money


Retainers are not really braces. The retainers job is to hold your teeth in their new position once your braces come off. There are two types of retainers:

Removable Retainers also known as mouth guards that fit your teeth to hold them in position. Fixed Retainers are stainless steel wires that are permanently attached behind your front teeth. 

• After wearing your removable retainers all day and night, you will only need to wear them at night.
• If you are using fixed retainers you will quickly forget they are there. 

• You should wear your retainer once your braces are off because if you don't your teeth will move and all your hard work is wasted.
• Removable Retainers can be lost easily or you can forget to wear it.

Finally, don't fixate on invisible brackets. You should always listen to your dentist recommendations. Everyone wants the most “stylish” option but they may not be the most suitable one for your problem.

Remember in the long run, you want straighter teeth, healthy mouth and a beautiful smile, so listen to your dentist before making a decision. 

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