Metal vs Clear Braces

A few different options exist when it comes to straightening your teeth. Two very prominent options that are available at Kraus Orthodontics are traditional metal braces and clear braces. Although the term clear braces is often mistaken with Invisalign, it is more closely related to metal braces and is often referred to as ceramic braces. Regardless, both metal and ceramic braces have their pros and cons.

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment and are unsure of which type of braces will be right for you, Dr. Kraus will discuss such your options in your initial consultation. Of course, familiarizing yourself ahead of time with clear and metal braces may help. Take a look below.

What are Metal and Ceramic Braces?

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces, now smaller and smoother than ever, are made of high-grade stainless steel.  Traditional braces use small rubber bands to attach the archwires, while newer ones have small doors that close to contain the wires. Metal braces are the most common method used for teeth straightening and correcting misaligned bites.  One interesting thing about them is that some archwires use body heat to move teeth more quickly, causing less pain.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Clear braces, made of translucent ceramic, are a great option if you want something that will straighten teeth while blending in with your teeth.  Sometimes, they are available with a tooth colored wire that makes the whole setup for invisible. This makes them a great option for adults.


Not all orthodontic appliances are made the same.  To help you navigate the differences between clear and metal braces, we’ve listed some of the important attributes of each below:

  • Clear Braces:
    • Smooth surface for excellent comfort and minimal cheek irritation
    • Blend in with the teeth. When people see your teeth, they see a smile and not braces.
    • High-quality clear braces are strong and durable. They are not likely to crack or chip, unless they are mistreated.
  • Metal Braces:
    • Very durable since they are made of metal.
    • Well suited for all ages of patients.
    • Works for virtually any problem.
    • Small in size
    • Polished, rounded surface for comfort

Get Clear or Metal Braces from Kraus Orthodontics

Interested in improving your smile? Ask Dr. Kraus which types of braces are right for you! To get started, call us today to schedule an appointment: 469-619-9959.