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What are the different types of braces?

There are several different types of braces available for orthodontic treatment. The most common types of braces are metal braces, clear or ceramic braces, lingual braces, and self-ligating braces.

Metal braces are the classic type of braces and are made of high-grade stainless steel. They are applied to the front of the teeth and are very visible. They require tightening every 4-6 weeks.

Clear or ceramic braces are similar to metal braces in function but have tooth or enamel-coloured brackets to blend in with the teeth. They are also applied to the front of the teeth and require tightening every 4-6 weeks.


Lingual braces are adhered to the back of the teeth, making them almost invisible. They use the same components as traditional braces but are more difficult to adjust and require a longer treatment time.

Self-ligating braces use a slide mechanism to connect the arch-wires, allowing for natural movement of the teeth without the need for frequent adjustments. They are similar in appearance to metal braces and have a faster treatment time.

Overall, the type of braces chosen will depend on the individual's orthodontic needs, personal preferences, and budget.

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