Have you always wanted straighter teeth but unsure whether to get orthodontic treatment? Maybe you feel you are too old to have traditional metal braces but are unsure if there are any alternatives. If any of these thoughts have crossed your mind, you will be happy to know that with the assistance of modern dental technology, there are now alternatives to traditional metal braces which can straighten your teeth quicker and more discreetly.


Orthodontics is the term given to appliances which are used to straighten and correct teeth which may be crooked, crowded, have gaps and to correct issues with an individual’s bite such as misalignment, and underbite or an overbite. One of the most popular forms of orthodontic treatments used by both adults and children are traditional metal braces.

Traditional metal braces

Considered to be an effective treatment to straighten teeth, traditional metal braces are able to correct both minor and more complex dental issues. By using a metal wire and brackets which are stuck onto your teeth, this method uses constant pressure to gradually move your teeth into a straighter position and to close any gaps and/or correct crooked or crowded teeth. They can feel uncomfortable at first, and some individuals can experience a dull soreness or throbbing during and after the braces are adjusted. If this applies to you, it is recommended you take pain relief.

The length of this treatment will depend on the complexity of your dental issue however on average, this treatment can take between 18 to 24 months.

Traditional metal braces

One of the main advantages of having traditional metal braces is that they are fixed, meaning they are an effective form of orthodontic treatment and can be assured that throughout your treatment, your teeth are constantly being moved into position, also making them a quicker form of orthodontic treatment also. Traditional metal braces are also made to be strong and durable, meaning that they are able to offer excellent control.

The main con of traditional metal braces however, is that they are noticeable, and although thanks to advancements in dental technology, these braces are now a lot smaller and comfortable than before making them more aesthetically pleasing, however this may still not be appealing to some.

If you are still considering having orthodontic treatment but are looking for alternatives to traditional metal braces, you may want to consider Invisalign Weybridge.

The alternative to traditional metal braces

Made specifically for those who are looking for a more discrete way to straighten your teeth, an option which may be offered to you is Invisalign Weybridge. Invisalign Weybridge uses advanced 3D technology to improve your smile by using clear removable aligners. Following a consultation which will consist of a 3D treatment plan called a Clincheck, clear aligners will be custom made in order to move your teeth slowly into position. You will be required to change on average every two weeks for the duration of the treatment and to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day.