Pros and Cons of Different Types of Braces

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Braces
Posted on 11/16/2020

Getting braces can be an exciting journey toward confidence and a new-and-improved beautiful smile, but you may be wondering which type of braces to choose. Below, we’ve explained the main differences between the three types of braces we offer at McClain Orthodontics.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are a traditional option, which use metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth throughout the entire process. The brackets and wires slowly move your teeth into their proper alignment. Unfortunately, these brackets and wires can cause some discomfort on the gums and cheek tissue. Metal braces are typically the most affordable option, and can often deliver the fastest results.

Pros of Metal Braces:

  • Most Affordable Option
  • Faster Results

Cons of Metal Braces

  • More visible than other braces
  • Can be the least comfortable as metal and wires can poke gum and cheek tissue

Ceramic Braces

While these are very similar to metal braces in the way they fit on and move the teeth, the ceramic tooth-colored brackets are able to blend in with your natural smile. Be aware that the ceramic can stain if not properly cleaned and cared for. This is recommended for patients who want their braces to look more natural and discrete. Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces can move the teeth more quickly, but the brackets and wires can irritate surrounding tissue.

Pros of Ceramic Braces

  • More discreet
  • Faster Results


  • Can stain if not properly cared for
  • Can be uncomfortable
  • Higher price than traditional braces


Invisalign is a separate system, which uses clear, removable teeth aligners. Each aligner will gradually help your teeth move into their proper place. Invisalign is meant to be worn at all hours, except when eating, brushing, and flossing. This is the most discrete option, with absolutely no brackets or wires on your teeth. However, depending on your teeth formation, the process of Invisalign may take longer than braces, or it may not work at all. Consult your dentist to determine if Invisalign is right for you.


  • Most comfortable
  • Most discrete


  • Can stain if not properly cared for
  • Less affordable
  • May not be as effective for each person

Schedule an Appointment

Consulting a professional is essential when beginning your journey with braces. With over 40 year of experience, you cannot go wrong by visiting Dr. Michael McClain. Make an appointment at McClain Orthodontics today.