If you’re considering braces for yourself or a loved one, Sawgrass Orthodontics is here to help! The world of orthodontic appliances can feel overwhelming, which is why we want to provide you with an overview of the options available. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of braces and who they’re for. 

What are the different braces options available to me?

Modern orthodontic advances make it possible for people of all ages to get braces that work for their individual concerns and lifestyles. At Sawgrass Orthodontics, we offer a variety of braces options:

Metal braces

These are the most common type of braces for patients of all ages. Metal braces utilize metal brackets, archwire, and bands to straighten your teeth, and they are often smaller and more comfortable than ever before.

Ceramic (self-ligating) braces

Clear braces are similar to metal braces, except they use clear ceramic brackets instead of conventional metal ones. This makes them less noticeable when you smile or talk, so if you’re looking for a more subtle option, clear braces might be right for you.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are an excellent option for adults seeking discreet treatment. These braces are placed behind your teeth, making them difficult to see and requiring less attention from our orthodontists, Dr. Kristen and Dr. Penny.


In-Ovation® braces are another innovative new form of self-ligating braces that use a specialized clip to hold the wire in place instead of elastics. This system may result in faster treatment times, requiring fewer adjustments and less time spent in the office.


Invisalign is a great choice if you want to straighten your teeth without the look of traditional braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners, worn 22-23 hours per day, that fit snugly over your teeth and are nearly invisible when worn.

How do I know which type of braces are for me?

So you’ve started looking at different orthodontic options, but how do you know which one is right for you? Most of the time, the type of braces you need will depend on a blend of your orthodontic needs and your personal preference. However, another major factor that will determine the type of braces you need is your age and the severity of your issues.

  • Metal braces: Younger children typically do best with metal braces, as they are simple, easy to use, and effective for shifting developing bones and teeth. Dr. Penny and Dr. Kristen also recommend metal braces for more complex cases and severe bite issues.
  • Invisalign is an excellent option for older teenagers and adults with milder orthodontic concerns who want to avoid the look of traditional braces.
  • Ceramic braces are a great option for adults and teens who want the same effect as metal braces but with a less visible appearance.
  • Lingual braces provide an incredibly discreet option for adults and teens looking to straighten their teeth without anyone noticing.
  • In-Ovation®  braces are an effective, self-ligating option for patients of all ages. 

While these provide a general idea of who each type of treatment is for, many factors come into play when determining the best course for your smile. In some cases, we may recommend combining treatments to achieve the best results. During your consultation, Dr. Kristen and Dr. Penny will help you understand which treatment would be the best solution for you or your child. 

Different Types and Who They're For

Sawgrass Orthodontics has braces for all ages.

No matter your age or orthodontic concerns, our team of experts will help you decide which braces are right for you. We will be there every step of the way to ensure that you get the most comfortable and effective braces experience possible. Contact us to book a free consultation today!

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