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What Is The Best Brace For You | Oldham | Manchester Orthodontics

In this blog, we’ll be discussing the different types of orthodontic braces we offer here Oldham Orthodontics and which may be best for you.

Traditional Metal Braces

The first and most common brace we offer is metal, or train track, braces. They are made from stainless steel and have metal brackets that are attached to each tooth. These brackets are then linked using a thin archwire that applies pressure to slowly move teeth into the correct position.

Metal braces are excellent for all kinds of cases, from moderate to severe discrepancies. Typically worn for 1 to 2 years then followed by wearing a removable retainer. These kinds of braces are favoured among younger patients.


Ceramic Braces

Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces work in the same way but the only difference being the brackets. The brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material meaning they are less visible to others and a popular choice for adults. 

The treatment time is roughly the same as metal braces, but again will vary depending on the severity of the case and teeth position.


Clear Aligners

At Oldham Orthodontics, we use Invisalign which is a type of clear aligner that you can use instead of metal braces. This treatment involves custom-made clear plastic trays that can be removed for eating and drinking. 

Aligners are changed every two weeks and are perfect for adults who want a more discreet option of orthodontic treatment.


Lingual Braces

These braces are essentially the same as metal braces, except the brackets are attached to the back of the tooth. Treatment time is also similar, with patients wearing them from anywhere between 1 and 2 years.

These kinds of braces are ideal for patients who want a hidden form of brace treatment, while still effectively moving their teeth into a desired position.


This type of brace provides gentler treatment and requires fewer dental visits. How? They produce faster results because the teeth can move on their own without needing to be adjusted. This causes less friction and pressure on the teeth, so less discomfort is felt during treatment. 

Call us today on 0161 7680931 to discuss a treatment plan perfect for you! Or alternatively contact us via our website here.