Orthodontists, or doctors who correct dental and facial abnormalities, have designed to improved variations of the metallic brackets over time. Aside from the full metal brackets, which were the first ones introduced in 1950s by Dr. Edward Angle, also available now are the clear plastic and ceramic brackets, and the gold brackets.
Plastic brackets are semi-opaque, while the ceramic ones resemble glass and thus look transparent while in the
teeth. These developments are on top of efforts in modern orthodontics to make braces comfortable and
acceptable more now than ever before. Today you see a 30-something corporate employee wearing metal
brackets, and even 40 and above can be seen with them in place.
Several years ago, wearing metal brackets for the teeth (commonly known as braces) became a status symbol
among the young. Teenagers were seen wearing braces in various colors and designs. Today it is popular
for everyone to wear braces because straight teeth are good.