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What Are the Different Types of Braces?

Braces are a reliable and effective treatment for many orthodontic conditions. Luckily, advances in braces technology give you the opportunity to choose a system that works best for your needs.

Keep reading to learn about different types of braces and how they can help improve your smile.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Koen to get an exam and learn about our different types of braces options. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes Koen Orthodontics the leading orthodontist in Hendersonville and Cookeville!

Traditional Metal Braces

Orthodontists like metal braces for one reason—they work! Metal braces use brackets, archwires, and rubber bands to shift your teeth into position. Metal technology has developed over the years to make metal braces smaller, lighter, and more discreet. 

Depending on your case, you will need to schedule check-in visits every 4-8 weeks to allow Dr. Koen to assess your progress and make adjustments. 

Pros of metal braces:  

  • Efficient and reliable
  • Effective for complex cases
  • Always working on your teeth
  • Fun color options
  • No external pieces of equipment to potentially lose or break

Cons of metal braces:

  • Can collect food particles
  • Requires diligent hygiene habits
  • Temporary tenderness after adjustments

Learn more about the treatment process, cost, and financing options for
metal braces during your complimentary consultation!

A close up of a girl with braces.

ClarityTM Ceramic Braces

3M Clarity Clear Braces use brackets and archwires like metal braces but use a clear ceramic material that allows the brackets to blend in with your smile. Like metal braces, Clarity Clear Braces constantly work to shift your teeth, making them an excellent option for severe cases.

Pros of clear braces:

  • Discreet
  • Smaller brackets for increased comfort
  • Effective for severe cases

Cons of clear braces:

  • Can stain if not properly maintained
  • Material not as strong as metal

3M Clarity Clear Braces use technological developments to provide you with an effective, discreet treatment option. Find out if clear braces are right for you when you schedule your complimentary consultation.

A close up profile of a girl with clear braces.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made plastic trays that gently reposition your teeth over time. Each aligner tray is worn for two weeks and then replaced with a new set. It’s a revolutionary technology that allows people to straighten their teeth with comfort and ease.

Pros of Invisalign:

  • Virtually invisible
  • Comfortable
  • Fits any lifestyle
  • Removable

Cons of Invisalign:

  • Trays can be lost or broken
  • Not ideal for complex cases
  • Increased cost
  • Requires diligence to get maximum effect 

Invisalign clear aligners can help you achieve a bright, beautiful smile. They are not ideal for every case. Schedule your complimentary consultation to get all the information you need about Invisalign. 

A girl smiling and holding a clear aligner.

Which Type of Braces is Right for You?

Deciding the type of braces that are right for you depends on many factors, including:

Aesthetics: Most patients ask how braces will affect their appearance. When examining your options, you should assess your needs and consider which type of braces works best for you.

Budget: Each treatment option comes with its own price point. Dr. Koen and his staff will give you an estimated treatment cost, so you know what to expect. We will also look at your insurance coverage to determine how much is covered. We offer financing options for our services, giving you financial flexibility.

Dental hygiene discipline: Practicing proper hygiene helps you get the most from your treatment. Brushing and flossing with braces is especially important to prevent staining, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Consistent treatment discipline: Metal and clear braces stay on your teeth and constantly work to straighten your smile. Invisalign and other clear trays that are removable need to be worn at least 22 hours a day and require a high level of discipline to ensure you get the most from the treatment.

Learn More About The Different Types of Braces Offered at TKO

The best way to learn what types of braces are best for you is to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Koen! During your consultation, you can meet the staff, get an office tour, receive a complete exam, discuss your orthodontic goals, and learn about all your treatment options. 

If you have any questions about braces or your treatment options, call us at (615) 824-5636. We can’t wait to show you why we’re the top orthodontic provider in Hendersonville and Cookeville!