Traditional metal dental braces are the most common type of braces. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch wires. With metal dental braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. Self-ligating braces are also available, which do not require colored elastics.
Ceramic dental braces are made of a clear ceramic material, which are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene; as ceramic braces are larger and are fragile than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces are used primarily on upper front teeth. Not all patients are candidates for ceramic dental braces.