Frequently Asked Questions
There are several types of treatment available to orthodontic patients. Traditional braces are the most common type of treatment and are capable of performing large tooth movements, making them suitable for most cases. Ceramic or clear braces work in the same way as metal braces, only they use clear or tooth-coloured ceramic brackets and wires, making them a subtler option for adults.
Lingual braces are completely customised to the patient – making them one of the most expensive options – and are placed along the inside of a patient’s teeth, rendering them virtually invisible. Due to their close proximity to the tongue they may cause some difficulty with speech during the adjustment period. Clear aligner treatment, such as Invisalign®, uses a series of removable plastic trays to gently move the teeth into a new position. This type of treatment requires diligence on the part of the wearer as they must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to be effective.
Downloadable eBooks & fact sheets
For more information about treatment options for kids, teens or adults, please refer to our free downloadable eBooks and fact sheets below.
Kids & Orthodontics eBook
Everything you need to know about orthodontic treatment for your family.
Adults & Orthodontics eBook
Everyone wants to have a beautiful, confident smile – no matter their age.
An Expert’s Guide to Clear Aligner Treatment eBook
Everything you need to know about clear aligner treatments, such as Invisalign®.
What is an orthodontist?
This fact sheet will help you to understand exactly what an orthodontist is.
What to do before and after getting braces
This fact sheet will help you to make the most of your orthodontic treatment.