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Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include: Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth.
Types of braces; Metal braces made of high-grade stainless steel are attached to the front of your teeth. You may experience discomfort because the brackets attached to the teeth can rub against the skin in your mouth. Your dentist will provide dental wax you can place over the brackets to help ease any pain.