Our aim at The Dentist is to improve your smile in a way that no one will know you have been to see the dentist.

We offer teeth straightening options for children and adults.

You are never too old to get your teeth straightened. Don’t be put off by the traditional train track braces. Although these are still regularly used and recommended due to their excellent results, there are many different straightening solutions out there for you now. We feel orthodontics should be left to the specialists so please contact us for a free consultation with our in house specialist.

An assessment for teeth straightening is part of your nicer smile consultation at The Dentist and will include:

Patients under 18 will be referred to an NHS orthodontist for a referral if required

What are the different types of braces available to me?

  • Braces have come a long way in the last 5-10 years, with new types coming to the market year on year.
  • There are now many different types on the market, each one having it’s pros and cons.
  • It is important to do your research and find the correct type to suit your needs.
  • There are basically 2 types: fixed and removable.
  • Some are most suited to severe cases and some to mild cases.
  • As more and more adults are requesting orthodontics, they are often interested in quick results to straighten just the front teeth that people see. This is the focus of many of the new types of braces on the market.
  • It is crucial you do your research to find the correct one for you. This is why we suggest you seek the opinion of our specialist for an unbiased view for which is best suited to your needs.
  • To help you we have tried to provide a little information on the most common types available.

Traditional metal braces (fixed)

  • These are the type of orthodontic appliance most people think of when braces are mentioned.
  • They use metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth.
  • If you have significant tooth movements required then they are a cost effective option and provide very accurate results.

Ceramic braces (fixed)

  • Ceramic braces are the same as metal braces, except that they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that help blend in to teeth.
  • Some also use tooth-coloured wires.

These are usually more costly than metal fixed braces but a good option if you want a more aesthetic result when significant tooth movement is required.

  • Although not as aesthetic as something like invisalign which uses clear aligners, it will give you a much quicker and more accurate result.

Lingual braces (fixed)

  • Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth so they are invisible from the outside.
  • They are difficult to place and adjust so they are not suited to very severe cases.
  • They are a more costly option.
  • Some patients may find them more uncomfortable on the tongue.

Damon braces ( fixed)

  • These braces use slightly different technology,the aim of which is to allow your teeth to move more freely and comfortably.
  • Damon braces use clear brackets that are bonded onto the teeth.
  • There is no need for elastics and no need for the braces to be tightened.
  • Treatment times can be quicker and it can be more aesthetic.

Quick Straight (fixed)

  • Quick Straight is a short- term orthodontic treatment using clear brackets and tooth coloured wire.
  • It is used for treating the front teeth only.
  • It is best suited to adults wanting a quick, cosmetic result for milder cases.

Six-Month Smiles (fixed)

  • Six month smiles is a short-term orthodontic treatment using tooth coloured brackets.
  • It is used for just treating the front teeth so is only suited to certain cases and for adults.
  • It is best suited to adults wanting a quick, cosmetic result.

Invisalign (removable)

  • Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, very thin mouth guard-like, clear plastic aligners.
  • The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
  • These are the most aesthetic option as they are nearly invisible.
  • They can be removed for eating and drinking unlike the other types of braces previously mentioned.
  • It is advised that they are not removed for long periods of time as you need to be wearing them for 22 hours per day for them to be effective.
  • Some treatments can take longer using this and they are not suitable for severe cases.
  • They are a more costly option but ideal if you want a discreet option.

Quick Straight, CFast (removable)

  • These use similar types of aligner systems to invisalign and with similar limitations.

Inman aligner (removable)

  • This is a type of removable appliance used on adults that need mild tooth movements very quickly.
  • It is ideal for people with just a little crowding in their upper or lower front teeth.
  • This can often happen with the relapse of old orthodontic treatment or as we age.
  • This is a very quick and effective option but the aligners are quite bulky.
  • It uses the same aligner throughout rather than a different one every 2 weeks.
  • It can get the desired effects from 6-18 weeks and can be much cheaper than some other options.

All adult orthodontics will relapse so you will need to wear retainers after. This must be taken into consideration before you start treatment.

The removable types of braces (aligners) can be removed for eating, drinking and brushing. As with all types of orthodontic treatment they will only work if you are wearing them for at least 22 hours per day.