Different Types of Braces: Which One is Right for You?

Are you considering braces? You probably have a lot of questions: What type of braces are right for me? What will they look like? How long will I have to wear them? Our team of doctors at Rio Grande Orthodontics are experts who can answer all your questions and help you choose the best braces for your individual needs. We offer a variety of different types of braces so that you can find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and personality.

Braces for Everyone

One of the main factors determining the best braces for you is your age and the severity of your orthodontic issues. Contrary to popular belief, braces can be beneficial at all stages of life, even for adults! Let’s explore some of the most common treatments for different ages:


Introducing your children to the orthodontist can happen as soon as age seven. It’s always a good idea to bring them for a visit to catch any severe issues and get a jump start on their treatment while their teeth and bones are still developing. Traditional metal braces are one of the leading treatments for children, favored for their efficiency.


This is the most common period for patients to start their orthodontic journeys. Most of their adult teeth have grown in, yet they are still moldable and will result in a reasonably smooth treatment. At your consultation, Dr. Vest, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Bunker, Dr. Klingler, or Dr. Kellam will evaluate your needs and provide you with options, including fixed or removable aligners.


Adult orthodontic treatment is becoming increasingly popular as people understand the importance of proper alignment for oral health. Rio Grande Orthodontics offers braces and aligners that are less visible for adults and fit into your lifestyle. Our clear ceramic brackets blend in with your teeth and can be a great option if you want a more discreet treatment.

Different Types of Braces and Their Benefits

Let’s talk about the different types of fixed and removable braces Rio Grande Orthodontics offers and what makes them unique.

Fixed Appliances

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type and remain a popular choice due to their affordability. They are highly effective and come in various colors, so your kids can have fun with them and express themselves while they straighten their teeth.

Clear Ceramic Braces

These braces replace conventional metal brackets with clear or tooth-colored material, making them less visible. They work just like metal braces but require more careful cleaning and maintenance as they are prone to staining. Clear braces are great for adults and teens who want to align their teeth without worrying about people noticing their appliances!

Removable Appliances


This is the most popular choice for teens and adults looking to straighten their teeth without using metal brackets or wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners that are practically invisible and can be removed when eating or drinking.

Get your smile aligned with Rio Grande Orthodontics!

Now that you know more about the different types of braces we offer, you can make an informed decision. During your consultation, Our Doctors will match you with the appropriate orthodontic treatment for you. At Rio Grande Orthodontics, we love helping patients of all ages align their smiles and boost their self-confidence.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation! We are here to answer all your questions and get you comfortable with the process.