Orthodontics: Finding the Right Braces

When it comes to braces there are a number of different options that are available, either you choose to opt for the more traditional, fixed metal braces, or one of the various different types of invisible braces that are currently available. If you have issues with the alignment of your teeth, then make an appointment with your dentist in Stockport should be your first step to finding the right braces.

You may already have been considering invisible braces but with a couple of different options available, it can be hard to know which the best fit for both your budget and lifestyle might be. Here we will take a look at some of those options that are available to you, including traditional braces.

Traditional Braces

As previously mentioned, these are a fixed metal brace, and probably the ones that spring to mind when you consider braces. They are lighter in both structure and weight than they used to be and constructed from high-grade stainless steel. The advantage of this type of brace is that your dentist is able to tighten them to help realign your teeth, and as they are attached to your teeth, you are less likely to lose them. This makes them a very good choice for younger people, although they are very visible, and this can put some people off.


Often used instead of metal braces, Invisalign is a clear type of aligner. Invisalign uses a range of clear plastic aligners that look like mouth guards. The advantage of this type of brace is that they are custom made for you so that they fit your teeth perfectly. They can be removed for cleaning and also when you eat, and every week you change them for a new aligner which takes your teeth a little further to where they need to be. Due to their clear, almost invisible nature, these are a good choice for adults as they are more discreet and make the wearer feel less self-conscious.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces have been around for a while, since the 1980’s in fact, but not all dentists offer them as they require special training. This type of brace is a fixed brace but unlike traditional braces it is affixed to the lingual, tongue, side of the teeth making it a more discrete option. It works in the same way as a traditional brace. It requires much of the same work as other types of braces, the same x-rays, and molds. All that is different is the way in which they are attached to the teeth. This also means that because they are attached like traditional braces cleaning the teeth can be a little harder. These are the ideal brace for someone who prefers the idea of something that is fixed but is self-conscious about them being seen.

Removable Braces

Removable braces, as the name would suggest, can be removed from the mouth with ease. This type of brace is usually made up of plastic plates that are designed to cover the roof of the mouth. They stay in place by clipping onto the teeth. These braces do not offer the same realignment that the other types of braces can and are really only suitable for those people who need a minor realignment due to the limited tooth movement they can carry out.

With so many different types of braces available it is a good idea to have a chat with your dentist and see what they recommend, they are the best judge of what will work best for any alignment issues that you may have with your teeth.

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