Which Type of Braces Are Right for Me?

Which Type of Braces Are Right for Me?
Posted on 03/09/2021

Whether you want to straighten out your teeth to get that beautiful smile you have been dreaming of, or if you are thinking about getting braces for your teen, braces are an effective and cost-efficient way to clean up a smile. Here at Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr.’s orthodontic office we offer a variety of types of braces to suit each of our patients’ specific oral health needs. How do you know which type of braces is right for you? That's why we have put together this quick guide to the different types of braces—so you can decide which is the best fit for you or your teen.

Metal Braces

Metal braces, also known as traditional braces, stand out from the other types of braces due to their time-tested and consistent performance. While they take the same amount of time as treatments like Invisalign, they are a more versatile treatment, being able to treat a wide array of different dental conditions. Metal braces tend to be the most cost effective option as well, and although they are visible from a distance, many are starting to see metal braces as a bold and trendy fashion statement.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, also referred to as clear braces due to their translucent material, are another orthodontic treatment great at straightening out a crooked smile. Standing somewhere in between traditional braces and Invisalign, clear braces stand apart from other types of braces due to their strength and discreteness. Their ceramic material blends in with your natural tooth color allowing clear braces users to be confident in their smile even while their braces are in!


By now you’ve heard of the type of braces that has revolutionized orthodontic practices around the world—Invisalign, the clear, wireless braces alternative. While Invisalign is known for being nearly invisible, it should also be noted that it has other strengths. Invisalign is convenient due to the fact that it can be easily removed for meals, sporting events, and special occasions. What's more is that Invisalign does its job in an average of 18 months, making it an efficient option for treatment. Invisalign may be more expensive than other options and can only be used to treat mild to moderately misaligned teeth.

Talk To Your Local San Antonio Orthodontist About Types Of Braces

While all the types of braces have their special advantages and disadvantages, the best way to know which is best for you is to talk to your neighborhood orthodontist in San Antonio, TX. At our office Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. and his highly trained staff will walk you through the types of braces available to you and help you decide which you prefer. Remember, getting your teeth straightened is about more than looking good—straight teeth are easier to clean and are generally less prone to decay, gum disease, and cavities. So don't delay—contact Dr. Gonzalez today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.