Types of braces

Don’t be fooled by what you’ve seen and heard about braces – there are lots of options and technology improves all the time!

The SPEED System – Self-ligating braces

These are our appliance of choice! We like them so much we import them from Canada. They’re smaller and more comfortable than standard metal braces, plus they’re easier to keep clean.


Self-ligating means that the braces have a ‘spring clip’ that holds the wire, instead of the elastic bands you find in traditional braces. It means that each tooth experiences less pressure, which makes it more comfortable for you. Because the braces are smaller, they’re more discreet and less likely to trap food so it’s easier for you to keep your mouth clean during your treatment.

SPEED braces also have the distinct advantage of being much more efficient, so they can reduce your treatment time.


Invisalign appliances have no metal in them, making them invisible, removable and hygienic.


Treatment usually takes 9-15 months, and consists of a set of aligners that’s worn for about two weeks, then replaced with another, to move the teeth little-by-little into place. You can eat, drink, and brush your teeth as normal.

However, Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone. It’s an effective treatment for some simple conditions but we’ll be able to tell you after a consultation if it’s right for you.

Twin Blocks

If your upper jaw is set forward or – more commonly – your lower jaw is set back, it can cause your upper teeth to protrude. But before treatment can begin using braces or aligners, we need to properly position your jaws. We use a twin block for this.


A twin block is an appliance made up of two components which work together to correct your bite. If your lower jaw is set back (recessive), the twin block will control the forward growth of your upper jaw, giving your lower jaw time to grow and catch up. In many cases, twin blocks can prevent the need for jaw surgery for people with a severe overbite.

Twin block appliances are removable, and are worn full-time for the first year of a two-year treatment plan. After your bite’s been corrected, we’ll fit you with braces to realign your teeth. You’ll need to wear a retainer to hold your new smile in place until you’ve finished growing.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces need a little more care than metal braces, but the benefit is that they’re less visible.


Wearing braces is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but if you’ve got real concerns with your appearance while we straighten out your smile, they might be a solution for you. They’re discreet but strong and durable – and they work just as well as normal braces.

They’re made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with your teeth’s natural colour. We only apply them to the upper teeth; you’ll have speed braces on your bottom row.