Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24-karat gold and are popular with patients of all ages.
Red, White and Blue aligners
Red, White and Blue appliances are clear, active aligners used to correct minor to moderate problems. Made of DuraClear, they are sturdy, though flexible. In most cases, they do not hinder patient speech or motility.
Red, White and Blue is an aesthetically pleasing, clear alternative to traditional braces, allowing the patient to maintain high self-esteem while treating the orthodontic problem.
Because they are cost effective, some patients who have relapsed due to not wearing their retainers favor them as a way to readjust minor complications that may arise.