Dental braces are devices that align and straighten the teeth and help to position them with regard to a person's bite and to improve dental health. They are used to correct malocclusions, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth and various other flaws of teeth and jaw. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliance to help widen the palate or jaws. There are many different types of braces that can be placed on the teeth by an Dentist. But braces are a relatively new and unexplored area. Think about how old mankind has roamed this planet. And braces have only been around for a little more than 50 years. They are relatively a new discovery and the types of braces have really exploded in recent years. There are so many different types of braces because there are multiple scenarios and factors that will affect the nature of teeth straightening. Not every case is the same and therefore you cannot use the same treatment on every person needing braces. Hence the different types! And with each passing year it seems like Orthodontics as a whole is inventing new or bettering existing methods for straightening teeth with braces. The type of braces that you need will hinge of a few elements and will also depend on what your Doctor suggests. You Dentist's approach will be based on how serious your case is. In some extreme cases, the Dentist must have teeth removed, or some may require jaw changes with surgery or head gear. But with some cases, simple retainers may be used to shape your teeth. Of course the time need for each case varies greatly. Do not be afraid to voice your opinion regarding the types of braces you are interested in. If you do not feel comfortable with braces that show, ask about other options like Lingual Braces or Invisalign which are hidden braces. Or if you want those cool colors go ahead and ask. Maybe you just want the fastest treatment possible or the cheapest. After all your Dentist is there to make you happy.