Types of Braces
Invisalign clear plastic braces
All but invisible, Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic and fit comfortably around teeth without the use of metal. Because they’re so patient-friendly and discreet, Invisalign is probably our most popular choice for adults – plus Invisalign Teen is also available for under-18s.
Invisalign comprises a series of removable aligners which are changed every two weeks, and gently move teeth into the correct alignment. Invisalign braces are almost invisible, they’re removed for eating and for cleaning your teeth – and since they’re smooth, there’s minimum irritation to lips and cheeks. During the course of Invisalign treatment, we usually see patients about once every eight weeks.
Before you commit yourself to the Invisalign programme, you’ll see a 3D simulation of your treatment, which will help to accurately predict the treatment time, as well as showing the final appearance of your new smile.
Extremely versatile and less noticeable than metal braces, these braces are made of ceramic blocks and of metal wire or white wire, and they are fitted to the front teeth. They are ideal for those who prefer discrete fixed braces, and can be appropriate for those unable to use Invisalign.
Metal braces comprise metal brackets and wires, though the brackets are far smaller and less noticeable than you might think. Tried and tested over many years of development, they produce excellent results. They are ideal for both adults and children – and youngsters, in particular, favour them because they can choose from a wide range of coloured bands to create their own individual look!