Traditional braces involve metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets have improved greatly over the years – and are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces of decades past. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly – and less painfully – than in the past.
There are real benefits – as fixed traditional braces are the least expensive type of braces. And today’s fixed braces use coloured bands that kids love for self-expression. These braces are noticeable – but if they’re in the child’s favourite colour, maybe that’s a plus.