Different Types Of Braces For Kids, Teens & Adults

When it comes to the driving reasons behind why people get braces, it’s certainly not limited to cosmetic enhancements. It can also be the answer to preventing tooth decay and gum disease by spacing teeth out better so brushing is more effective. Whether you’ve always wanted straighter teeth, you want to help correct your child’s overcrowding or perhaps you’ve been a lifelong sufferer of an underbite, the good news is there are plenty of orthodontic solutions out there.

There are many reasons why people make the decision to explore getting braces and improving their dental health, including:

  • Aligning crooked teeth
  • Correcting underbites, overjets and openbites
  • Improving spacing, a narrow smile or overcrowding

With so many options available, it can be a little tricky understanding where to begin. What are the different types of braces available? And perhaps even more importantly, which types of braces could provide the best results for you? Let’s take a deep dive into the different kinds of braces and teeth straightening methods on offer. Read on as we take a close look at the types of braces for kids teeth and the types of dental braces for adults to help you get a better picture about what might work best for you and your teeth.

Metal braces

Metal braces are the archetypal form of braces — consisting of small brackets connected by metal wire along the top and bottom rows of teeth, with small elastic bands connecting the rows together. Metal braces can help you add a little flair to your orthodontic journey, with colorful options available for both the brackets and elastic bands. They’re also considered a great choice for those who are more cost-conscious with their investment or those with more extreme cases.

Clear braces

For those wanting a more discreet way to align their teeth, clear braces have been a welcome addition to the orthodontic family. Just as effective as their metal counterparts, clear braces are designed to mimic the same colour as your teeth. This is achieved by using ceramic materials in place of metal.

Lingual braces

If you’re keen on keeping things incognito when it comes to your orthodontic journey, then lingual braces might be the best fit for you. Unlike metal and clear braces, lingual braces are attached to the tongue side of the teeth, out of plain sight. Despite the delicate process of applying lingual braces, this is still a very appealing option for those looking to be more discreet with their braces.


If affixing brackets, wires and materials to your teeth seems a little daunting, then Invisalign could be a great alternative for you. Whilst not technically considered ‘braces’, Invisalign can still help you achieve great results when it comes to teeth straightening. Instead of fixing metal or ceramic to the teeth, Invisalign consists of clear, custom-made aligners that can be worn on the top and bottom sets of teeth for two weeks at a time before being switched out for new sets of aligners to accommodate your teeth resetting. This is definitely an attractive option for people as the aligners are almost invisible and it’s easier to clean your teeth as they’re removable.

Braces for children

The key to avoiding costly and painful orthodontic procedures in the future is often prevention when your children are younger. The specialists at Smile Team recommend an initial consultation at 7 or 8-years-old to evaluate your child’s orthodontic needs through a series of x-rays, examinations, impressions (moulds) and photographs. So what are the best braces for kids? The previously discussed traditional metal or clear braces are the most popular option for younger children, although it’s best to chat with one of our orthodontists about whether lingual braces or Invisalign could be suitable options.

Braces for teens

Teenagers and dental braces are synonymous. And while we know that getting braces is an important milestone, it can also be one that stirs up some difficult feelings around self-image. The orthodontic specialists at Smile Team understand that this process takes extra care so we make sure to do our best to make sure it’s a pain-free journey — on all fronts! So what are the best braces for teens? There are plenty of dental braces that are safe and effective for you to explore. Along with Invisalign, ceramic and lingual braces are also great options for teenagers wanting to be more discreet. However, the progress of Invisalign treatment relies on how well the wearer sticks to the recommended 22 hours a day of wearing their retainers. For this reason, Invisalign may or may not suit your teenager but our orthodontists can walk you through these factors.

Braces for older adults

At Smile Team we have welcomed plenty of adults through our doors to help them with orthodontic treatments. If you’re considering braces as an adult there are a number of reasons why they could benefit you. You may be looking to achieve a long-awaited perfect smile, or perhaps you’re eager to correct misaligned teeth to alleviate health problems related to sleep apnea, speech impairments or eating. So what are the best braces for adults? Most adults gravitate towards more invisible dental braces like lingual or Invisalign although all options are available for you to discuss with our helpful team of specialists.


At Smile Team we know that the decision to get orthodontic treatments is an important one to consider. Questions like “How much do braces cost for teens?” or “How will I be able to afford this?” are common. With this in mind we understand that making this kind of investment requires flexibility, therefore we offer a number of different payment options to suit you.

Head to our website to explore the variety of affordable and flexible payment plans we have on offer.

Booking your initial orthodontic assessment

Now that you’ve brace–d yourself with all of the information on embarking on your dental braces journey, it’s time to visit a specialist at Smile Team to receive an initial orthodontic assessment. Located in four convenient practices in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Parramatta and Bowral, it’s easy to make appointments via phone on 1800 7 6453 8326 or through our online submission form. We look forward to welcoming and assisting you!