Fixed braces on the back of the teeth (lingual braces)
An alternative to Invisalign, but one, which does not require removal and placement of the brace by the patient are Incognito, or lingual braces. These are fixed braces, which are placed behind the teeth, rather than on the front. These can produce a lot of movement and are not visible. This technique is offered at Bespoke Smile and we have dentists who have completed a number of such cases before.
Find out more about our highly experienced orthodontist.
Ceramic Braces on the front of the teeth
In some cases where teeth have significant crowding or a misaligned bite ‘traditional’ or tooth coloured braces may be the best option.
Traditional braces have benefits too when compared to Invisalign as they are able to move teeth significantly faster and can be less expensive. They are still most commonly used when patients have significant bite or crowding issues which they want to resolve quickly.
Braces have had significant technological advances from the historic “metal mouth” look and we can now use tooth colour braces and elastics, which make the appearance of these braces far more subtle. Our resident braces expert Dr Gurs also often includes braces behind the teeth in advanced restorative cases where aligning the teeth quickly is important for health or aesthetic reasons.
These are also still particularly popular with children (or adults) who don’t want to worry about misplacing aligners or remembering to wear them properly.
What’s the process for getting Fixed Braces?
At your first appointment, we take our time to really understand the goals from all sides.
This will include talking to you (a rarity at a dentist, we know!) but we genuinely believe the first step is understanding all of your concerns – are you worried about the discomfort, the time, the aesthetics of needing to wear braces…? Our dentists want to know and we will factor that into the assessment
Then we move onto a detailed health assessment of each tooth, your gums and bite. We check for any speech or chewing issues as well – often small health issues can be fixed at the same time as cosmetic braces.
We will explain in detail (and in simple English!) what the treatment plan will entail, how long it will take and help you make any decisions required.
These plans are tailored based on patient requirements – for example, we often have people getting married soon who choose to split the treatment to do the ‘more important’ bit first. That’s ok – we understand and we work around you – it's your smile after all!
Page last updated and checked by Dr Sam Jethwa: August 17, 2020