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Types of braces

We'd all love to have great smiles but, for many of us, the thought of having to go through orthodontic treatment to get one is a little bit daunting, especially when we associate treatment with bulky, metal braces. 

The good news is the 'train track' look is a thing of the past. Developments in the field of orthodontics have meant there are now lots of different options out there and braces are much smaller, easier to wear and more effective than ever before. 


Invisalign is a very popular method of orthodontic treatment and one all members of The Invisible Orthodontist are very experienced in. It uses a series of clear, plastic, removable aligners which are virtually invisible to anyone looking at you to help move your teeth into position. This makes them an ideal treatment option for professionals who don't want braces to interfere with their appearance while at work. There's also a version specifically for the self-conscious teenager, Invisalign Teen, as well as one for patients who need a quick fix, Invisalign i7

Traditional fixed metal braces

Traditional fixed metal braces are the ones most of us think of when we think of orthodontics. These are the ones also known as 'train tracks'. However, developments in technology mean the brackets used with these braces are now much smaller, less bulky and more comfortable to wear. 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are much like traditional fixed metal braces only the brackets are made from ceramic material and are tooth-coloured, making them much less visible. The ceramic brackets are also much smoother than those on traditional braces, and stronger. Clarity and InVu are two brands of ceramic braces. 

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces look like traditional braces at first glance but these braces use a very different type of technology. The brackets in self-ligating braces work using a sliding mechanism which allows the archwire to move in response to your teeth. This means they operate with much less friction and there is no need for the elastic bands used with traditional braces. The Damon system of self-ligating braces is the most popular. 

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are one of the more discreet treatment options available for orthodontic patients. This is because the wires and brackets of lingual braces are attached to the back surface of your teeth. Aside from the aesthetic benefits, one of the advantages of lingual braces is that there is less of a risk of decalcification. This is because the inside surface of teeth is more robust. Incognito is a well-known brand of lingual braces.