What Are the Different Types of Braces?

There are more options than ever for achieving a healthy bite profile and a beautiful smile. It’s natural to wonder what are all the different types of braces— and which option makes sense for you. 

At Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics, we offer many different types of braces to suit your lifestyle goals. Options like self-ligating, clear braces, and Invisalign® utilize advanced technology to create your ideal bite profile. 

During your complimentary consultation, we will find the best match for your needs. We offer different types of braces that help kids, teens, and adults attain the full power of their smiles. 

Learn more about what are the different types of braces now. 

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Self-Ligating Braces

Damon self-ligating braces are an attractive update on traditional braces featuring low-profile components and a tiny door closes to hold the wire in place in such a way that allows crowding to be easily addressed. An additional secret to the Damon system are patented archwires that allow for gentle guiding forces for correcting the malposed teeth. 

Self-ligating braces are useful for advanced issues like severe crowding, excessive space, under-bites, overbites, or any condition that requires a more harmonious facial and jaw alignment. 

Because they are always working, you don’t need someone to calibrate the bracket manually. You will enjoy fewer appointments and shorter in-office time. In many cases, patients who elect for self-ligating braces enjoy perks like shorter treatment times.

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Clear Braces

Clear braces — sometimes known as ceramic or tooth colored braces — use the same remarkable self-ligating braces but feature a transparent finish that practically vanishes into your smile. 

Patients love these advantages of clear braces: 

  • The same dependable control and comfort as self-ligating braces
  • Practically invisible components 
  • Lasting results and a more confident smile throughout treatment 

Clear braces may cost a little more than their metal counterparts. Additionally, they require a more involved oral hygiene routine. During your consultation, we will be able to coach you on how to avoid staining your brackets. 



Since its introduction in 1999, Invisalign has become a household name. Invisalign has earned a reputation for a discrete and comfortable treatment with fewer restrictions. 

Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack™ technology gently moves teeth into their ideal position. You can completely transform your smile by wearing your aligner sets 20-22 hours a day. 

Invisalign addresses crowded or gapped teeth and bite problems. In the right hands, Invisalign works wonders in even the most challenging cases. 

Here are some reasons why patients love Invisalign: 

  • Invisalign aligners feature a sleek and comfortable design. 
  • You can eat or drink almost anything 
  • The transparent design 

Not all Invisalign providers are the same. Dr. Mary Cay Koen is an Invisalign Platinum Plus provider. This distinction puts her in the top 5% of Invisalign providers in the country. She has unprecedented insight into getting results with aligners. 

Schedule an appointment now with our terrific team to learn about Invisalign.

Learn More About The Different Types of Braces We Offer

So, how many different types of braces are there for you? While the answer depends on your needs! 

Dr. Mary Cay Koen only chooses the best for her patients. During your consultation, we will discuss your options and learn more about your goals. From there, we will create an ideal, customized treatment plan. 

Contact Mary Cay Koen is the first step towards achieving a perfect smile. Schedule a free appointment now!