Types of braces and aligners; a guide for realigning teeth in 2023

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It is safe to say that along with most people thinking that their teeth are not white enough, many people also feel that their teeth are not straight enough. This is enhanced by the Hollywood image of teeth being unnaturally straight and white, which can make someone who has slightly crooked teeth feel worried about showing off their pearly whites!

Of course, orthodontic care has come a long way, and now, there are more options than ever before to help you get the straighter smile you want. Great!

So, this guide looks at the most commonly used options that you will find in dental surgeries in 2023. 

Orthodontic braces

Orthodontic braces are the commonly used type of orthodontics Weybridge, and they have a history of over 100 years of straightening teeth. Braces are made from brackets (usually metal) that can be bonded to the teeth and connected by wires. The wires apply pressure to the brackets, which in turn move the teeth into the desired positions. 

In most cases, they are used to correct severe or complicated dental misalignments, and for adult patients, they can take up to 3 years to get the full effect. However, they are usually cheaper than most people think and can produce striking results. 

Lingual braces

A lingual brace is, in essence, a metal brace that can be fitted on the posterior of the teeth or the part that is facing the tongue and palate rather than on the outside surface. This makes them a more discreet option compared to traditional braces, as they are hidden from view. They work in the same way as conventional braces, applying pressure to the teeth to gradually move them into the desired positions. They are custom-made for each patient to ensure a comfortable and precise fit. Lingual braces can be a good option for adults who want to improve their smile but don’t want the visual issue of regular braces.

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Clear braces

As the name suggests, clear braces are when the wires are made from clear or tooth-coloured materials. Therefore, they are more discreet and suitable for adults and teenagers alike. These minimalistic braces work in the same way as traditional braces, applying pressure to the teeth to move them into the desired position. Clear braces can be a good option for those who want a more discreet treatment option but still want the effectiveness of traditional braces. These braces are usually more expensive than commonly used metal options but can be a good option for adults who are concerned about the appearance of metal braces. Clear braces may also require more frequent adjustments than traditional braces.


Aligners are a more recent development in orthodontic treatment and are a popular alternative to traditional braces. They are clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gradually move them into the desired position. Aligners are custom-made for each person and are changed every few weeks as the teeth move.
You have likely heard of some of the most commonly used types of aligners, as well as popular brands, which include Invisalign. However, to be suitable for invisible aligners, you must have a mild to moderate case of dental misalignment and be over 18 years of age in most cases.