Metal brackets and wires are used is what most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated arch wires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Ceramics are the same size and shape as the metal counterpart, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable. While this option is less visually evident than metal, they do have a higher cost. They also require more cleaning care to avoid staining the brackets.