Types of Braces

You can completely transform your smile with straight teeth. That's why we offer a range of options to help you get your best smile.

Orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign® have revolutionised options for people with crowded or crooked teeth. Our orthodontists will recommend the best option for you after assessing your teeth. Your treatment options could vary from fixed braces, to clear braces, Invisalign® and more.

Fixed braces

These are the more traditional and common type of braces. Small brackets are bonded to the outside of the teeth and a wire is run through them and held in place with a small coloured elastic band. This method allows the orthodontist to control movements of the teeth and is the most effective and efficient way to move teeth. You have the option of either plastic or metal brackets. 

Damon self-ligating braces

Another common type of braces are stainless steel bonded braces which, in this practice, are called Damon self-ligating braces. These are a relatively sophisticated appliance that holds the archwire into the bracket in a much more secure manner than traditional braces that require tiny elastic bands or very fine wire ties, both of which can break, causing delays to treatment. You also have the choice of different colours with Damon braces.

Clear braces

Damon also makes clear brackets which are possibly the best of their type available. Clear brackets are more fragile than metal brackets and at certain stages of treatment, progress has to be gentler. Often they are used for the upper front teeth only which is a good compromise between aesthetics and function. They are also slightly more expensive than metal brackets.


Invisalign® treatment involves wearing a series of clear thin aligners, which are a bit like a very thin mouthguard, or tray. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and then the next one in the series is used. Because they are removable, they can be taken out for eating, drinking and sport. Each aligner is customised for each individual patient. Invisalign can work well for mild and minor problems but is not always recommended for treating more severe problems. You will need to check with your orthodontist whether your problem is suitable with this treatment method.