Braces comparison

 Metal fixed bracesCeramic fixed bracesClear aligners (Invisalign®)Lingual braces (Incognito™)
Appearance Obvious Discreet Virtually invisible Virtually invisible

Effectiveness

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

Diet

Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided

Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided. Also rinse your mouth after taking food and drinks with colour to avoid staining the elastics

Aligners are removable and taken out to eat so diet is unaffected

Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided

Tooth brushing

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 you can brush and floss as normal

Extra time and care needs to be taken with tooth brushing including use of special brushes

Comfort

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

Speech

Metal braces have very little impact on your speech. You may only notice a difference in the first couple of days as you get used to wearing them

Ceramic braces have very little impact on your speech. You may only notice a difference in the first couple of days as you get used to wearing them

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

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