What Types of Braces are Available for Orthodontic Treatment?

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there is no shortage of choices available. Selecting the correct braces for your situation is not that difficult. Your consultation with us will help you decide the right type of braces to suit your individual needs and shift your teeth into the proper positions.

Metal Braces

When most people think of braces, they think of conventional metal braces. Metal braces have two main components. A metal bracket is affixed to the teeth and a metal wire is run through them, which applies pressure to eventually shift the teeth into their correct alignment.

Most teens get metal braces since they are able to quickly move teeth into their correct positions. In years past, the wires and brackets were quite prominent, which could annoy their wearers because of their visibility. Metal braces today are much smaller and unobtrusive. Recent innovations allow teeth to shift more quickly and with less discomfort.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a popular alternative to conventional metal braces. Since the brackets are made from ceramic of the same color and texture as teeth, the brackets are not very visible. As such, this form of orthodontic treatment is much more discreet.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are similar to conventional metal braces, making use of the same bracket and wire system. However, they use brackets without a rubber band system. They are designed to retain less food and be more comfortable, as well as reduce the number of orthodontic appointments needed. This means more convenience for you.

It is important to understand that self-ligating braces are not for everyone. Although they make treatments shorter, they may not have all features needed for a successful treatment in certain cases.


Invisalign® is the most popular type of braces available today. It uses invisible aligners and allows the wearer to remove them completely to clean their teeth and aligners. Invisalign® is virtually invisible and the system is more comfortable than conventional metal braces. This is a good option for those who desire more flexibility in their treatment or prefer an unobtrusive solution.

As you can see, you have many options regarding orthodontic treatment at the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville. During a consultation at one of our offices, our orthodontist can assess your smile and determine which treatment is likely to give you the best results. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started!