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Types of Dental Braces


Braces are an orthodontic appliance used to connect misalignments are malocclusion such as overcrowding,diastema(gaps),underbite,overbite,cross bite, and open bite.
Fixing these issues will optimal teeth functioning and hygine , improved dental and facial appearance at times, cleares speech.
Braces can be worn at any age but starting early will make treatment easier and also yields better result.

Traditional Metal Braces

These are the most commonly used and affordable types of orthodontic appliances and consist of components such as metal brackets bonded to your teeth and stainless steel wires are inserted into the slots.
Thanks to the new age technology and fabrication designs the metal brackets that are used by many Orthodontists nowadays are smaller than before. The wires inserted nowadays are mostly heat activated and use the patient’s body heat making the treatment faster and more comfortable.

stainless steel metal braces

stainless steel metal brackets are the most common braces in use.
Modern version are fairly compart light and comfortable compared to earlier version.
Ceramic braces that are more discrete are also more aesthetically pleasing option.

Regular Ceramic Braces

Regular Ceramic braces work very similar to the traditional metal braces. These appliances use tooth-coloured brackets and arch wires, unlike traditional metal braces which are close to silver in colour.
According to one’s lifestyle needs and requirements most people especially adult professionals opt for regular ceramic braces as they are less noticeable compared to traditional metal braces. The camouflaging colour makes many patients less conscious about the orthodontic appliance during the course of the treatment.

Self Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces look more or less like the regular metal or ceramic braces but the movement is more advanced using a self-ligating mechanism. These are one of the most advanced types of Orthodontic braces where archwire sits in the brackets and uses an active or passive mechanism to move your teeth.
They also avoid any damage to the enamel or gums because the incremental forces delivered onto the tooth surface will be even & precise. Self-ligating braces will have lesser components compared to metal or ceramic braces. They have an archwire and no elastic bands.
The tooth movements will be more free and comfortable compared to traditional braces, thanks to the advanced mechanism of the clips and brackets. Just a small adjustment had to be made by your Orthodontist to cause precise tooth movements. This significantly reduces the number of appointments required from time to time.

Lingual Braces

When it comes to traditional braces they are placed on the anterior surface of the teeth. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth thus they can’t be seen while speaking, smiling, laughing or chewing thus they are also known as incognito braces by many.
The above features make them very compatible with the lifestyle of many individuals, especially working adults. They are very advantageous for many who are into sports or play a musical instrument as they don’t interfere with the mentioned activities.


Invisalign clear aligners commonly known as Invisible braces are one of the most preferred alternatives to fixed braces nowadays.
Invisalign is a state of the art orthodontic appliance developed by Align Tech which is a firm based out of California USA after many years of research and development.
It all starts with a simulation scan called the iTero element. During the Invisalign treatment process the iTero scan then simulates your entire Orthodontic treatment by using a software called ClinCheck which has data of 8 million completed Invisalign cases from around the globe. The simulation is 90% accurate & then the Orthodontist makes the required refinements which is forwarded to the Invisalign Bangalore center and then to the fabrication unit from California. Invisalign cost in Bangalore India is comparatively lower than other countries. .

Myofunctional Orthodontic appliances

Myofunctional Orthodontic Appliances are removable or fixed orthodontic appliances that move the teeth and jaw to guide facial growth by using the forces generated by the muscles surrounding the oral cavity & soft tissues. The mechanism of action of myofunctional Orthodontic appliances.
These are very helpful for children & teenagers during the growth phase to guide proper facial skeletal growth & to prevent any malocclusions such as Class 2 & Class 3 when they are diagnosed by pediatric dentists. In a class 2 malocclusion, the upper jaw will be larger than the lower jaw & in a class 3 malocclusion, the lower jaw will be longer than the upper jaw. This can cause a condition called a lip trap between the lower & upper teeth in kids & teenagers.
Myofunctional Orthodontic appliances in Pediatric dentistry mostly guide the growth of the upper & lower jaws by either enhancing their overall growth or restricting them during the growth phase so that they occlude in harmony by the end of the myofunctional therapy or treatment.

Early Childhood Braces for kids

Many kids inherit malocclusions as there will be a difference in the size of the lower & upper jaw when each of them is inherited from a different parent. So if the parents had undergone treatment with braces to correct this problem is more likely that the kids will need Orthodontic treatment too.
Early childhood braces go a long way in correcting many malocclusions such as crooked teeth, anterior proclination in Kids when it comes to pediatric orthodontics. These are easier to correct at an early age compared to the adult phase. Kids can also opt for their favorite color bands according to their preferences.
An underbite is seen in children when the size of the lower law is larger compared to the size of the upper jaw. Overbites are caused in kids when the size of the upper jaw is larger when compared to the size of the lower jaw.
A malocclusion such as overcrowding and crooked teeth can be caused in kids when they lose the milk tooth/teeth due to early exfoliation, trauma or accidents. The dental braces cost in Bangalore for kids usually starts at 9000 INR for myofunctional appliances and 25000 INR for traditional metal braces making them very affordable for many parents! The space of the lost area should be maintained by using an appliance called the space maintainer gave by pediatric dentists who specialise in the field of Pedodontics.
Pediatric dentists can easily diagnose the malocclusion during their routine dental checkup and will coordinate with the Orthodontist to start the pediatric or preventive orthodontic treatment planning if necessary. The Orthodontist will later determine the orthodontic appliance and the duration of the treatment for your child after your kids first visit to the pediatric dentist.