since braces is such a hot topic here, i would like to introduce other types of braces other than the conventional metal braces we often see:
1. ceramic braces
while conventional braces use metal brackets (the square metal thingy we cemented on your tooth) to align your teeth, ceramic braces use tooth-coloured ceramic brackets. so they will 'blend-in' with your teeth and less noticeable compared to metal brackets. Tom Cruise wears this type of braces. the cost? about RM1k more than the metal ones. however there are cases that doctors are unable to use ceramic braces, such as tooth that needs super high force to be moved.
2. lingual braces
these are braces that are fixed behind your lower teeth near your tongue. metal brackets are used in this type of braces. not many specialist recommended this though, because treatment will usually takes much longer than usual and patients are not usually able to keep the teeth and braces clean. not to mention they always cause tongue ulcers.
3. self-ligating braces
visually there's no difference whatsoever between this type and the conventional ones, but the length of treatment with self-ligating braces is cut into half compared to normal braces. means you will only wear braces for two years or less. but to have this type of braces you have to add about RM2k more to the cost of normal braces. self-ligating braces also comes in tooth-coloured brackets.