Braces are widely acclaimed by orthodontists in Gainesville, FL, as a tried and true type of orthodontic treatment that produces beautiful results and healthy smiles. With new styles including multiple options for appliance color and shape, braces are more exciting than ever! Patients can choose among a wide range of braces features in order to create an appearance that best accommodates their personality and lifestyle all while perfecting their smile.

Braces use a combination of brackets, wires, and elastics to place constant but gentle force on the teeth in a carefully controlled direction, while clear aligners shift the placement of the teeth through the use of transparent and removable trays made from acrylic. Contact the Studio32 Orthodontics to learn more about the different types of braces and to unveil a beautiful smile and healthy bite through orthodontic treatment with our Gainesville orthodontist.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when you mention orthodontic braces. These braces have evolved immensely to include a wide range of braces colors from which patients can choose — from citrus orange to deep sea blue and more. Made from top-quality stainless steel, metal braces adhere to the front of each tooth using a medical-grade cement. A thin wire, called an archwire, connects each bracket and adjusts tooth alignment with gentle pressure throughout treatment. During periodic check-ups, the orthodontist adjusts the metal braces and change the ligatures on each bracket. When choosing among the types of braces for kids, patients often select metal braces in favor of available options for color customization.

Gold Braces

Gold Braces

Patients choosing among the available options for teen braces often favor gold-plated braces, which offer an elegant and luxurious aesthetic to traditional orthodontic appliances. As with traditional metal braces, gold braces use metal brackets and an archwire to slowly align the teeth and to gradually perfect the smile. In order to achieve a striking golden tone to the braces, a thin layer of gold is placed over each stainless steel bracket. While gold is considered to be a soft metal, gold braces match both the durability and reliability of metal braces that are made from stainless steel. This type of braces are both stylish and ensure the progress of orthodontics, so patients can look great both during and after their treatment is complete.

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

Clear Braces

Ceramic braces are a popular choice of adult orthodontics for patients who want a less aesthetically conspicuous option than traditional metal braces. When ceramic braces — or clear braces — were first introduced in the 1980s, the brackets were made from easy-to-stain plastic. In the present day, this type of braces uses brackets made from stain-resistant, durable ceramic. Metal archwire threads through the transparent brackets, which are less visible than metal braces. The brackets come in two colors — semi-translucent, for highly whitened teeth, and tooth-colored, which better matches teeth that are slightly less white. Enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment while preserving a professional oral appearance with clear braces.

Shapes (Wildsmiles And Mascot Braces)

WildSmiles Braces

With WildSmiles braces and mascot braces, patients can celebrate their Gator pride and design a custom treatment experience with designer braces. WildSmile braces work just like traditional braces, such as metal braces, but they feature braces brackets made in custom shapes and designs to make getting braces a fun and enjoyable experience. From diamonds and hearts to stars and school mascots, the options are endless with WildSmile braces. In addition to selecting custom-designed bracket shapes, patients can likewise choose among numerous rubber band colors for the ultimate expression of their unique personality. For more information about braces shapes, colors, and designs, contact our orthodontic clinic today!

Clear Aligners


Invisalign® is the most popular type of clear aligner — a series of transparent, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten the teeth. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so patients can eat and drink what they please throughout treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are simpler with trays than with traditional braces. While metal braces can cause oral abrasions during treatment due to friction against the tongue, cheeks, and lips, clear aligners offer a custom-made fit and pose no risk of irritation. Treatment with Invisalign® requires that patients switch aligner trays every two weeks. Each new set of aligners provides subtle adjustments to the teeth as treatment progresses until a beautiful smile is achieved.

Which Type Of Braces Should I Choose?

When thinking about braces, it’s okay to feel slightly overwhelmed by the options and to wonder whether Invisalign or braces is right for you. But after meeting with Dr. Mullally, you’ll be assured that the braces you choose is the option for your specific goals and needs. The first step in figuring out the appropriate type of braces is a comprehensive evaluation. This includes digital scans of your mouth and teeth as well as a full oral examination. Dr. Mullaly also takes your personal preference into account when choosing orthodontia.

 Some patients are willing to participate in a longer treatment if it means their braces aren’t visible, such as with clear braces, while others may prioritize a shorter treatment plan with visibly apparent braces, such as metal braces. Along with treatment goals, your Gainesville orthodontist evaluates the condition of your teeth and overall oral health. A patient may need to use a palatal expander for some time prior to treatment with braces. Your orthodontist explains how every stage of treatment will fit into your overall treatment plan. We work with general dentists, so each patient is able to eventually enjoy both a beautiful and healthy smile. 

At Studio32 Orthodontics, our entire team works with each patient to decide which type of braces is right for them. Your personal preference and overall treatment goals become ours. Each patient receives compassionate care using the latest orthodontic technology, which leads to efficient and enduring results. Contact us to schedule orthodontic treatment today!