Types of braces include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign braces, says Procter & Gamble. A patient's choice in braces depends on the severity of the dental problems involved.
Thanks to heat-activated archwires, traditional metal braces have become more comfortable than in the past, reports Procter & Gamble. As of 2015, these are the least expensive braces, but they are also the most noticeable. Ceramic braces use transparent or tooth-colored brackets that are less noticeable. Though lingual braces are invisible from the outside, they are tough to clean. Invisalign braces are transparent and plastic, making them almost invisible, but they are expensive and not suitable for correcting severe dental issues.