Traditional brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.”

However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember.

Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.

Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves

Cons: Most noticeable type of braces

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One of the many tough cases we have, a patient with an open bite, excessive crowding with an appliance to open up his palate that will turn into a straighter and healthier smile with the use of traditional braces.