Braces have become very popular in the recent years; as more and more people come to learn of their effectiveness and the fact that people from all ages can use them, many have gone for them.

However, it is worth noting that when it comes to getting the right braces, one can be easily confused and overwhelmed. There are numerous types of braces to choose from, and each has its pros and cons. Some are more affordable, others are more effective, others more durable, and so on so forth. We have tried to make things easier for you by highlighting some of the most common braces in the market today;

  1. Metal Braces; also referred to as traditional braces, these are made from high grade stainless steel. They are light, comfortable, and are linked to one another by an archwire. These are some of the most readily available braces; they are affordable and highly effective. Each brace is bonded to the front of your tooth to ensure that it doesn’t move out of the desired arrangement.
  2. Clear braces; these braces work on the same principle as the metal brackets only that they are made of a ceramic material. They are translucent and thus harder for someone to notice or point out. Clear braces enhance your aesthetic looks since they are clear and don’t stain easily.
  3. Invisalign; Invisalign aligners are almost impossible to notice, and are thus ideal for adults who wish to straighten their teeth without the whole world knowing about it. They are made of a high quality plastic material that is similar to teeth whitening trays. You can remove them during meals or brushing and put them on afterwards. Invisalign braces are replaced every 14 days to the next aligner to keep the teeth moving towards the correct alignment.
  4. Damon brackets; these brackets utilise the same principle or technology used in sliding doors. Unlike other braces that require constant adjustments, Damon braces require fewer adjustments; the wire holding the braces moves back and forth. This means less friction and thus less discomfort for the patient. These braces are highly effective, and guarantee a shorter treatment time.
  5. Lingual braces; lingual braces are fitted on the inner side of your teeth. They offer patients more discretion, since each brace fits behind the tooth perfectly in a way that no one can notice. Lingual braces tend to be popular with older patients who wish to try a less conspicuous kind of brace for teeth straightening.


Your orthodontist will shed more light on the available and best type of braces available. The cost of braces will vary depending on the materials used to make them, duration of treatment, and extent of the problem that needs to get treated.