These are the “traditional” braces you see on the outside of teeth. They are directly bonded to the outside surfaces of the teeth and may be clear, ceramic or metallic (with or without colours which may be changed at each visit). However, braces do not have to be the metal brackets and stainless-steel wires you might be picturing, they can be far more discreet when using ceramic braces with clear or tooth-coloured brackets coupled with white-coated arch wires. Some people prefer traditional, colourful braces. The colour comes in the small pieces of elastic that work to attach the brackets to the wire and, as this is not a fixed part, it is possible to regularly change the elastic and with it the colour at each appointment.