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Picture of Types of Braces

Picture of Types of Braces

Metal braces are still used, but many other options are available. Brackets — the parts that attach to each tooth -- can be clear, tooth-colored, or multi-colored. They can even be attached to the back of the tooth so they are out of view. There are even "invisible" braces that use a series of clear, plastic molds to gradually move the teeth into alignment.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on August 03, 2010

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Text: "Dental Braces and Retainers", WebMD Medical Reference