Choosing The Right Types of Braces

Types of Braces

There are a variety of braces available to you, selecting the right ones, will inevitably be a combination of preference and also suitability, this will be advised by your dentist or braces clinic. In summary the following cover the base options:

Traditional Metal Braces

These are the most common type of braces, made of high-grade stainless steel. They have metal brackets and wires that gradually move your teeth into the correct position. Modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and less noticeable than those used in the past.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces but use clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend with the teeth. They are less visible than metal braces, making them a popular choice for adults and older teenagers. However, they can be more brittle and may require more care.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed on the inside surface of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside. They are custom-made to fit the contours of your teeth. Lingual braces can be more challenging to clean and might cause more initial discomfort compared to traditional braces.

Clear Aligners (e.g. Invisalign)

Clear aligners are a series of custom-made, removable plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They are nearly invisible and can be taken out for eating and cleaning. Clear aligners are replaced every one to two weeks to gradually shift your teeth. They require a high level of compliance, as they must be worn for 20-22 hours a day to be effective.

Damon Braces

Damon braces are a type of self-ligating braces, which means they use a slide mechanism instead of elastic ties to connect the archwires to the brackets. This system allows for quicker adjustments and can result in faster treatment times and less discomfort. Damon braces can be either metal or clear.


Fastbraces are designed to move the roots of the teeth more efficiently from the very beginning of treatment, which can result in a shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces. They use a unique triangular bracket and a special square wire to move the teeth faster and with less discomfort.

Suitability Assessments and Orthodontic Advice

It’s essential to have a thorough suitability assessment with an orthodontist before deciding on any type of braces. It is during these initial assessments, that your individual circumstances will be fully analysed and your orthodontist will be able to judge the extent of teeth misalignment and type. This is essential to understand this to provide the correct treatment type and duration.

Customized Treatment Plan:

An orthodontist will evaluate the specific alignment issues of your teeth and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Type of Braces:

Not all types of braces are suitable for every patient. The orthodontist will recommend the best option based on the complexity of the case, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Health Assessment:

A comprehensive oral health assessment ensures that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment. Issues like cavities or gum disease need to be addressed before braces are applied.

Duration and Cost:

The orthodontist will provide an estimate of the treatment duration and cost, helping you plan accordingly. They will also discuss payment plans and insurance options if needed.

The orthodontist’s expertise ensures that you receive the most effective treatment, leading to a healthier mouth, increased confidence and a more beautiful smile, whether considering treatment for yourself or trying to find an orthodontist for children, the first step is to book a consultation.