Types of Braces: The Ultimate Guide

There are many types of braces on the market to suit different orthodontic needs and different budgets. But which is the right type for you? This guide will give you some key information about the most common types of braces, including how they work, what they look like, how long you will need to wear them for, and how much they cost.

We know that deciding to get braces can be a long and difficult process for some people. Many people put off the decision for years, because they are worried about how the braces will look, discomfort they may experience, and the cost of treatment. Other people put off getting braces simply because they are used to their teeth the way they are!

However, we know from experience that the vast majority of people never regret getting braces. Making the decision can be hard, but once you start the process, it can be a great feeling. Time and again we see the amazing difference that having straight teeth makes to our patients. The benefits for self-confidence can be massive.


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What Kind of Braces do I Need?

The best thing you can do to prepare you for getting braces is to do your research. That’s why we’ve prepared this guide to introduce you to the basics of some of the most common types of braces on the market. After you’ve researched your options, your dentist will be able to advise you further.

At Smilelign, we make invisible braces, also known as clear teeth aligners. These are suitable for many people, but not for everyone. Read on to learn more about all the different types of braces that are available today, and which type is right for you.

Clear Aligners

Length of treatment: 3-18 months

Removable or fixed: removable

Cost: £1000-£2500

Smilelign’s clear aligners are a removable and almost invisible type of braces designed to straighten your teeth over a 6-18 month period. Smilelign braces can be used to treat many common dental problems including crowding, spacing, overjet, overbite, openbite, and midline discrepancies. With Smilelign, your dentist provides you with a series of braces, each of which is slightly different, and each of which you wear for two weeks. This way your teeth are gradually moved your teeth into the desired position, which is mapped out using our special Smilelign technology. Smilelign costs start at around £900, making it one of the most affordable ways to straighten your teeth.


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Lingual Braces

Length of treatment: 12-36 months

Removable or fixed: fixed

Cost: £2000-£5000

Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth, making them less visible than some other types of braces. Like traditional metal braces, lingual braces are a type of fixed brace, that cannot be removed. Although ‘incognito’ lingual braces are neatly hidden from view, their major downside is their prohibitive cost. Lingual braces treatment costs between £2000-£4000, making it the most expensive option on the market.

Traditional Metal Braces

Length of treatment: 12-36 months

Removable or fixed: fixed

Cost: £1500-£3000

Traditional metal braces are not the most popular option, but they are sometimes needed if your teeth are severely misaligned. Metal braces, sometimes called train-tracks, are fixed (not removable), and they are made up of brackets which are glued to your teeth. The brackets are connected with wires, and they are tightened periodically by your dentist. In the UK, metal braces for under 18s are provided for free on the NHS. For adults, treatment usually isn’t available for free, but is considered on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, costs start at around £1500.


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Ceramic Braces

Length of treatment: 18-36 months

Removable or fixed: fixed

Cost: £2000-£5000

Ceramic braces are fundamentally similar to traditional metal braces, but they are slightly less visible. They are not available on the NHS, but can be purchased privately. Their off-white colour makes them less noticeable than train-tracks, although a thin wire remains visible.The cost of ceramic braces usually starts at around £2000.

Inman Aligners

Length of treatment: 3-18 months

Removable or fixed: removable

Cost: £1000-£2500

Inman aligners are a relatively new type of removable braces. Inman aligners clip onto your teeth, and they feature a combination of some clear plastic parts and metal wires. The cost for Inman aligners begins at around £1000 or more, making them more affordable than some other types of braces.

Damon Braces

Length of treatment: 18-36 months

Removable or fixed: fixed

Cost: £1500-£4500

Damon is fixed brace system that looks similar to traditional metal train-tracks braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, Damon braces do not use elastic o-rings to hold the wire in place, giving them a slightly different appearance. Damon braces apply less pressure to the teeth than traditional braces which makes them more comfortable. Some studies suggest that Damon braces work more quickly than traditional braces. Costs for Damon braces range between £1500 and £4500.

Which Type of Braces Are Right For You?

It’s good to do your research, but you will ultimately need to speak to your dentist for advice on what treatments are suitable for your teeth.

There are many considerations to take into account, including how the braces look, how long the treatment will take, whether the braces are fixed or removable, and how much money you are willing to spend.

If you are like most people, you will prefer a brace that is less visible, although for some orthodontic problems this is not always possible.

Find Out More About Smilelign

Smilelign is trusted by dentists across the UK, and is an excellent option for people who want to get straight teeth without metal wires. If you think that Smilelign clear teeth aligners could be the right option for you, then drop us a message and we’ll put you in touch with your nearest provider.

Check out our patient testimonials and before-and-after photos to learn more about the results you can expect to see with Smilelign.

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