Which Types of Braces are Right For Me?

If you weren’t born with naturally straight teeth, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of orthodontic treatment choices available to help you achieve that perfect smile. It is beneficial to learn about some of the most popular types of braces so you can get a better idea of which treatment would be best for you.

Conventional Braces

Most people think that conventional braces have been left in the dust by updated technologies, but they’ve actually progressed over the years. Modern versions are lighter in weight and stronger than before. They are constructed from steel with metal brackets affixed to teeth using a form of cement. Brackets are hooked together using a thin wire, placing pressure on the teeth to guide them into position.

The wires are affixed to the brackets using very small elastic bands called ligatures. We adjust them whenever we tighten your braces. Conventional braces are still the treatment of choice for more severe cases.

Clear Braces

Clear braces function just like conventional braces, but their brackets are constructed of a transparent material made from ceramic. These types of braces may be right for you if you want something less noticeable than traditional metal brackets.


SmartClip braces are self-ligating, which means they don’t need the elastic bands that traditional braces use. This option comes with many benefits, including less friction, fewer adjustments, and less time spent in our office.


Mini-diamond braces are growing in popularity thanks to their comfort and convenience. These types of braces are also much smaller than their traditional counterparts, which not only makes them less visible, but also puts far less pressure on the jaw and gums. If comfort is your concern, you may be a good candidate for mini-diamond braces.


The popularity of Invisalign® has skyrocketed in recent years. This is because these clear, virtually unnoticeable aligners are custom-made especially for you and can be removed whenever you want to eat or brush your teeth. Before receiving your aligners, we will use a special software to map out your treatment plan. Every successive aligner adjusts your teeth another step. Invisalign® offers the most convenient, most comfortable orthodontic treatment available today.

Contact Us Today

Choosing which braces to get can be an overwhelming process. The experts at the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD can make it easy by helping you learn which choice will give you the best results for your specific needs. To start your journey towards a beautiful smile, schedule an appointment at our office in Fort Walton Beach or Niceville so that you can learn about all of the different types of braces. Contact us today to book an appointment.