If you’re like many people, you probably check online reviews when you’re buying anything from a big ticket item like a TV to inexpensive household gadgets. For orthodontic treatments, however, you won’t find any Amazon comments and averaged-out stars.

Even though braces aren’t purchased like typical consumer products, as an informed consumer you should still know what the overall pros and cons are of different orthodontic options. Generally speaking, each orthodontic solution represents a trade-off between aesthetics, price, and functionality. Use the following list as a guide, but keep in mind that not every treatment option can work for every medical situation. If you come into Thurman Orthodontics for your free initial consultation, we will offer personalized guidance.

Traditional Braces


Traditional braces are what people first think of when they think of braces—metal brackets affixed to teeth and connected by archwires. Keep in mind, however, that “traditional” braces are less obtrusive and work more quickly than in the past.



  • Less expensive than other choices
  • Effective for a large range of clinical issues
  • Fun rubber band colors for kids


  • Most noticeable of the options
  • Some dietary restrictions
  • Cleaning teeth takes some time

Ceramic Braces


Ceramic braces are like metal braces except the brackets are made of a tooth-colored or clear ceramic material.