Types of Braces: Part II

Advancements in technology (like computer-generated images and scans) have helped tremendously in the evolution of different types of braces available and how they are fitted. Braces have rapidly adapted to suit not only the cosmetic needs, but also to address a variety of alignment issue.

In a recent post, Orthodontic Associates looked at two of the most commonly-employed types of braces—steel and ceramic. In this post we will look at some of the other different types of braces alternatives.

But it is important to remember that your choice of braces is a blend of personal preference, coupled with the recommendations of your orthodontist, on what needs to be corrected and the best way to go about these corrections.

Lingual Braces

These are braces that are fit on the back (or lingual side) of the teeth. It is a fantastic and highly effective means of fixing crooked or misaligned teeth, while hiding the fact that you are seeing an orthodontist at all. The aesthetics of this option is the biggest draw, as they are unnoticeable.

The individual customization and materials used on lingual braces make this type of braces more expensive than the traditional alternative.

The positioning of the braces also makes the procedure a little trickier so it requires a level of specialization that not all orthodontists offer (fortunately we at Orthodontic Associates do!).

With the aid of scanned models from the teeth’s impressions, the orthodontist makes a completely individualized prescription that is then transformed into of your own personalized set of braces.


This is a recent addition to the type of braces family. As the name suggests, these particular braces are invisible. These braces also rely on a computer-generated image of the teeth to create trays—removable plastic retainers called aligners—which are not permanently bonded to the wearer’s teeth and make cleaning a lot easier.

Invisalign braces, however, are also more expensive and aren’t a match for all braces patients.  The Invisalign treatment is recommended for patients whose alignments aren’t too severe.


Using OraScanner® or Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology this is another computer-aided modern breakthrough in braces. This technology offers a heightened level of precision which has helped to make for a more comfortable feel and shorter treatment time for brace wearers.

A 3-D model from a scanned image of your teeth is used to create a custom memory alloy archwire shaped robotically to administer gentle and consistent pressure for realignment.

SureSmile Planning Treatment Software allows your Orthodontist to determine the final positioning of the teeth with extreme precision. This simulation helps your Orthodontist to plan the most effective mode of treatment, uniquely for you.  This then results in diminished treatment times as well as more comfortable overall experience.

At Orthodontic Associates we offer a broad range of options for treatment, and you can choose from eight convenient locations around Baltimore for the type of braces which best serve you!  Our professionals look forward to providing you with the service, knowledge, and techniques which ensure that your experience with braces is the most pleasant possible.


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