Types of Braces
There are many different types of braces, each suited to a particular type of problem. The best type of brace for you will be advised by the Orthodontist depending on your teeth and your personal needs.
Clear aligners, for example Invisalign, are clear removable braces which gradually straighten teeth when worn all the time. They are virtually unnoticeable and are good for less severe cases.
Lingual braces are fixed braces which are attached to the back of the teeth rather that the front. This means they are truly invisible so you can continue to smile with confidence throughout treatment.
Fixed braces are attached to the teeth and cannot be removed by the patient. They can be metal, gold or ceramic (tooth-coloured). We even have some that allow faster tooth movement.
Removable braces are used on their own for simple problems in younger patients (usually under age 11) or as part of a plan involving fixed braces.
Twin-blocks are a type of functional brace which are used to correct prominent teeth in growing children. They are usually removable, and are often followed with fixed braces. We also offer fixed functional treatment, using Forsus springs attached to a fixed brace, which eliminates the need for a separate twin block stage.
When treatment is finished retainers are fitted. These are usually clear, removable and worn at night to keep the teeth in the new position. Fixed retainers are often used as well, these are wires attached to the back of the teeth.
If you need replacement retainers due to loss, wear or as a spare set you can order these direct from Retainers4Life (if you had retainers provided since September 2020 from a 3D intra-oral scan and the fit is still good)