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Types of Orthodontic Appliances

Removable plates

Removable plates are most commonly used in very young children who do not yet have their permanent teeth, but they can be used for all ages, including adults. We use removable plates to:

Removable plates are usually worn all the time except when you’re eating and brushing your teeth. They come in a variety of colours, from completely clear Invisalign to fluorescent with glitter!


Metal braces

These are the most common type of braces that we use for children and teenagers. Metal braces are made out of high-grade stainless steel or titanium. They’re the most durable braces available so they’re most able to withstand the ‘rough and tumble’ of children and teenagers’ lives.

Metal braces come in two types – conventional, which are used with elastic bands, and self-ligating which don’t require elastic bands.


Ceramic tooth-coloured braces

Tooth-coloured braces are the most common type of braces we use for adults. They function the same way as metal braces but are much less visible because the brackets are made of tooth-coloured ceramic, so generally all you can see is the wire. They are very popular with our adult patients.



Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners. The aligners are worn over the teeth and changed by the patient every two weeks, gently moving teeth a little more towards the desired position each time. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Teeth straighten gradually over a period of months. Invisalign aligners contain no metal brackets or wires and are removable, comfortable, and practically invisible. You can take them out when eating and to brush your teeth. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth. Unfortunately, Invisalign is not suitable for all patients as it can’t provide orthopaedic bone movement or jaw repositioning. Our orthodontic team will be able to tell you if Invisalign is right for your individual case.