If you want straighter teeth, you have options. There are three primary types of braces: metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign. Each type of braces comes with its own advantages, so it’s important to learn a bit about each before deciding which is right for you.

Keep reading to learn more from your orthodontist about the advantages and drawbacks of each type of McAllen braces.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are what most of us picture when we think of braces. These are the traditional braces made up of metal brackets and wires, though many advancements have been made over the years. Usually, metal braces will be the cheapest, and they have high durability. They are far more comfortable than the metal braces of yesteryear, and they’re an effective tool for straightening moderate to severe jaw misalignments and crooked teeth.

Usually, you can expect to wear metal braces for around two years, though some people may only need a year of treatment.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are similar to metal braces in that they’re also made up of brackets and wires, but the brackets that make up clear braces are composed of a transparent composite material rather than metal. This means that clear braces are more subtle and less visible compared to metal braces. Clear braces may also be more comfortable compared to metal braces. However, the composite material used to make clear braces may not be as durable as metal braces.

Clear braces will take the same amount of time to straighten your teeth as metal braces, and they also help to resolve the same types of issues. You can also get a combination of metal and clear braces. Many people get clear braces on their top teeth and metal on their bottom teeth, which are less visible.


Finally, Invisalign is a very different type of braces compared to clear and metal braces. Rather than being made up of brackets and wires, Invisalign braces are made up of a set of trays that are placed onto your teeth. Because of this, Invisalign braces can be easily removed for things like eating sticky foods. This can also make it easier for those with Invisalign to keep their teeth clean compared to those with other types of braces. Invisalign is also the least visible type of braces.

Invisalign works faster than other types of braces, resolving minor issues in as little as six months. For more serious issues, you can expect to wear Invisalign for around 18 months.

Get Your McAllen Braces at Heroes Dental

Straighter teeth can help you feel happier and more confident, and they can help prevent dental issues. If you want straighter teeth, you can talk to a McAllen orthodontist for help deciding which type of McAllen braces will work for you.

You can find all the information and treatment you need here at Heroes Dental. We offer metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign, and we’d be happy to help you find your straighter smile. Come see us for your McAllen braces. 

Want a straighter smile? Come see your orthodontist at Heroes Dental for your McAllen braces.

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