Which Braces Type is Right for You?
By Upper East Smiles
January 14, 2019
Category: Orthodontist FAQs
Tags: braces  

Dental BracesFind out which type of braces will fix your smile and fit into your lifestyle.

Are you contemplating getting braces from our Upper East Side dentists? If so, you may be wondering what the best approach will be to straightening your smile, as there are a lot of factors to consider. Read on to learn the different types of braces and the pros and cons of each.


Traditional Metal Braces

When you picture braces what do you see? Do you see metal brackets and wires adhered to a smile? If so, then you’re thinking about traditional metal braces. Of course, these braces have certainly advanced over the years and are now lighter and sleeker than you might remember and can additionally handle a wide range of dental issues.

Pros: Least expensive orthodontic system; can fix severe misalignments

Cons: They are visible; may cause slight irritation to the gums, particularly when first wearing them.


Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work in exactly the same way as traditional metal braces but as you might be able to guess, this style of braces is made from tooth-colored ceramic so that they blend in with the teeth. While you will still be able to see these braces, they are certainly less noticeable than their metal counterparts.

Pros: Blends in with your teeth; can still address more serious dental issues

Cons: Can be prone to staining if you do not work to keep them clean


Lingual Braces

With lingual braces, all we do is take traditional metal braces and bond them to the back of your teeth rather than the front. Since these braces are applied to the back of your teeth, they won’t be able to fix all misalignments and issues.

Pros: They aren’t visible when you smile

Cons: They won’t be ideal for patients with underbites or those who play certain instruments; it can be more challenging to clean them.



Most people have heard of Invisalign, a completely transparent system that uses a set of mouthguard-like aligners that fit over teeth to move them into place. Aligners are worn for around 22 hours out of the day but can be removed for eating and brushing. Invisalign is ideal for older teens/adults and requires periodic visits to our Upper East Side office.

Pros: They are nearly invisible; length of treatment is often shorter than traditional braces; less likely to cause discomfort or irritation.

Cons: Aligners can stain easily; can be more expensive than other options; isn’t right for children and young teens.


If you want to discuss your orthodontic treatment options with our Upper East Side dental team, don’t hesitate to call Upper East Smiles today to find out how we can help you achieve the perfect smile. Our number is (646) 864-1808.