What are the different types of braces?

Everyone has a smile that is uniquely theirs. No two sets of teeth are the same; therefore, you won’t find a one-size-fits-all approach to orthodontic treatment at Charlottesville Orthodontics. Our office creates personalized treatment plans for each patient. We offer many options for braces and Invisalign® near you at our three offices in Downtown Charlottesville, Hollymead and Zion Crossroads.

Whether you’re looking for traditional metal braces, gold braces, clear braces, lingual braces or Invisalign, we want to empower you with the freedom to choose an orthodontic solution that not only achieves the results you want but also aligns with your personal preferences and lifestyle.

Metal braces

Metal braces are the classic, conventional choice for orthodontic care. Today’s dental braces are made from high-quality stainless steel and are more compact and lightweight than before. This reliable type of braces is suitable for patients of all ages. Kids and teens love to customize their braces colors with colorful elastics, while most adults in metal braces opt for neutral colors.

Gold braces

Charlottesville Orthodontics proudly offers Iconix Aesthetic Braces. These stainless steel braces work like conventional metal braces and offer all the same but have the added aesthetics of a “white” gold or champagne-colored finish. Iconix Aesthetic Braces include a smooth zirconia finish that guarantees the gold braces color will not peel or brush away.

Clear braces

Clear braces work like traditional metal or Iconix gold braces, with translucent ceramic materials instead of metal. This type of braces can handle many of the same orthodontic issues as metal braces and is a popular choice for adults and teens looking for invisible braces option.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are another invisible braces option in Charlottesville or Zion Crossroads. Lingual braces sit behind the teeth, while conventional braces sit outside the teeth. These only work in certain orthodontic situations. Book a free consultation with our team to find out if this type of braces would work for you.


Invisalign clear aligners are a popular, virtually invisible braces alternative. Invisalign treatment utilizes a series of custom clear aligners that make gradual movements in your teeth to straighten them. One of the main differences between Invisalign vs. braces is the ability to remove them for eating and drinking any liquid besides water. You’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners 20-22 hours daily for your treatment progress to stay on track. You’ll check in with your family orthodontist every 12 weeks to ensure everything is progressing correctly. On average, Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 18 months, but treatment could be longer or shorter depending on your specific needs. Like other braces types, after your Invisalign treatment, we’ll provide you with a custom-fitted retainer to keep your new smile straight for a lifetime.

Choosing the perfect braces for your smile at Charlottesville Orthodontics

With so many options to choose from, picking the best type of braces for you can be an overwhelming process, but our team is here to help. Whether you’re looking for metal braces, gold braces, clear braces, lingual braces or Invisalign, our friendly team and Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads orthodontic specialists will provide you with as much guidance as you need to make the choice that’s right for you.

At Charlottesville Orthodontics, your comfort and satisfaction with your treatment plan are our top priority. Begin your journey to a beautiful smile with a complimentary consultation with the best orthodontists in Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads, VA.