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Dental technology has brought us to an exciting time with regards to dental braces. There are many types of braces from metal braces to ceramic braces, from tooth-coloured braces to clear braces.

In many cases the type of brace you choose to straighten your teeth depends on personal factors like how concerned you are with the way they look, if you prefer fixed or removable braces and your budget.

Here is a quick comparison of some of the key features of different types of braces:

Metal Fixed Braces Ceramic Fixed Braces (Clarity™) Clear Aligners (Invisalign®) Lingual Braces (Incognito™) 6 month smile/Fast Brace
Obvious Discreet Virtually invisible Invisible Discreet
Fixed braces can straighten teeth from almost any position Fixed braces can straighten teeth from almost any position Invisalign® is not a suitable treatment for everyone, it can be difficult to correct teeth that are rotated or close large spaces Fixed braces can straighten teeth from almost any position They straighten the front teeth only
Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided Aligners are removable and taken out to eat so diet is unaffected Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided
Extra time and care needs to be taken with tooth brushing including use of special brushes Extra time and care needs to be taken with tooth brushing including use of special brushes Aligners are removed for tooth brushing as well so can brush and floss easily as normal Extra time and care needs to be taken with tooth brushing including use of special brushes Extra time and care needs to be taken with tooth brushing including use of special brushes
Metal brackets and wires can rub on the inside of the mouth and sometimes cause ulcers in the first few weeks of wear Ceramic brackets are smoother than metal and less likely to cause irritation to the inside of the mouth Smooth plastic aligners do not rub or scratch the inside of the mouth. Brackets are placed on the back of the teeth so can cause irritation to the tongue for the first few weeks Ceramic brackets are smoother than metal and less likely to cause irritation to the inside of the mouth
Metal braces have very little impact on the speech and you may only notice a difference in the first couple of days as you get used to wearing a brace Ceramic braces have very little impact on the speech and you may only notice a difference in the first couple of days as you get used to wearing a brace Aligners have very little effect on speech as they are moulded closely to the teeth Speech may be affected for the first 1-2 weeks of wear as you get used to wearing braces on the back of the teeth Ceramic braces have very little impact on the speech and you may only notice a difference in the first couple of days as you get used to wearing a brace