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Which Brace is for you

Brace comparison Metal fixed braces Clear fixed braces Invisible braces (Invisalign) Hidden braces (Lingual) (Incognito)
Appearance Visible Discreet Barely visible Hidden
Effectiveness Very effective at solving most orthodontic problems Very effective at solving most orthodontic problems More suitable for mild orthodontic problems More suitable for mild to moderate problems.
Diet Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided. Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided. You should rinse your mouth after consuming heavily pigmented food and drink as they can stain the elastics. Diet is unaffected as aligners can be taken out for eating. Very hard or sticky foods should be avoided.
Tooth brushing Extra time and care needs to be taken when cleaning teeth, which should include using special brushes. Extra time and care needs to be taken when cleaning teeth, which should include using special brushes. Teeth can be brushed and flossed as normal because aligners can be taken out. Extra time and care needs to be taken when cleaning teeth, which should include using special brushes.
Comfort The metal brackets and wires can rub on the inside of the mouth and may cause ulcers in the first few weeks of wear. Ceramic brackets are smoother than metal ones 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 they can irritate the tongue for the first few weeks
Speech These braces have very little impact on your speech. However, you may notice a difference in the first couple of days while you are getting used to wearing them. These braces have very little impact on your speech. However, you may notice a difference in the first couple of days while you are getting used to wearing them. These have minimal effect on speech as they are designed to fit snugly over the teeth. Speech may be affected for the first 1-2 weeks of wear while you get used to wearing braces on the back of your teeth.

  • "Before I had my braces on, my teeth were horrendous. Every part of the process is explained to you and they make you feel so comfortable at Colchester Orthodontics."
    Rachel - Patient

  • "My confidence levels have just shot up since I have had my braces off. It is just brilliant here. They have helped me so much."
    Sophie - Patient

  • "At Colchester Ortho it is such a close-knit group of people from the secretaries, to the nurses to the orthodontists themselves such as Mr Davies."
    Ben - Patient

  • "I have no hesitation in recommending Colchester Orthodontic Centre to you for an excellent, professional clinical treatment service"

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