Types of Braces & Retention

Owens Orthodontics offers a variety of braces options for kids and adults, including metal braces, clear braces, gold braces and Invisalign®. When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment.

Types of Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24-karat gold and are popular with patients of all ages.

The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.


When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Typically a removable upper retainer and fixed (permanent) lower retainer are used. The retention phase lasts at a minimum until age 21 or when facial growth is completed. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.