A gleaming, healthy smile is something that just about everyone wants. With the constant advancements that orthodontic treatments are making, the options for achieving your dream smile have expanded over time. This allows more people to be catered for with more accessible options than ever before to invest in a striking, beautiful smile. Our practice specialises in a range of dental procedures, including orthodontic treatment, to allow your budget to meet your needs.

When it comes to corrective dental treatments, braces have long been a popular choice for correcting misaligned teeth. While various options are available to cater to different needs and preferences, knowing which options best suit you is imperative in making your decision. When considering orthodontic treatment, there are a few factors to consider. Dr Adél Rossouw is here to help you understand the different
types of braces and choose the best option for you.

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Choosing The Right Braces For You

When it comes to choosing to get orthodontic treatments done, there are a few things to keep in mind. While there are various forms of braces, it is a very personal choice that is customised to each person to suit both their needs and budget.

    Metal Braces

    Being the more traditional option, metal braces are the most recognisable and frequently opted-for type of braces. Consisting of metal brackets that are bonded to the front of each tooth, each bracket is then connected by a metal wire to correct the smile.

    In general, metal braces are the most affordable option and offer reliable results. Some people might worry about the aesthetic aspect of metal braces, feeling
    self-conscious about the appearance of metal braces. Thankfully, technological advancements have made them smaller over time, offering a less noticeable corrective treatment. Traditional metal braces are highly effective in correcting a wide range of dental issues, including overcrowding, crooked teeth, and misaligned bites.

    Ceramic Braces

    Ceramic braces work in a similar manner to traditional metal braces but use ceramic brackets that are transparent or match the tooth colouring instead of the metal brackets. Due to this slight change, these braces are less noticeable, especially from further distances when looking at a smile.

    Ceramic braces make for an excellent option for individuals looking for a more discreet corrective treatment that still holds the effectiveness of traditional metal braces. With this option, patients must be aware that ceramic braces are more prone to staining. These braces also require more intensive oral hygiene to upkeep the aesthetic appeal of this option throughout the duration of treatment.

    Lingual Braces

    Lingual braces are where traditional metal braces meet a more discreet alternative by being placed on the back surface of the teeth. This is the lingual surface and is the key difference between the placement that coined the name.

    Ligual braces are designed to fit each individual’s teeth as required, being
    custom-made depending on the corrective treatment required. This makes them an
    excellent choice for people looking to straighten their teeth without visible braces,
    such as metal braces. These braces are ideal for patients needing to correct more
    moderate to severe dental issues. However, it must be noted that they may
    potentially take longer to adjust to in terms of comfort and lifestyle, and they require
    orthodontic visits for adjustments on a more frequent basis.

    Clear Aligners

    Being the rising star of orthodontic treatment, clear aligners have taken over the corrective treatment scene with good reason. Brands such as Invisalign have revolutionised the field of orthodontics with its transparent aligner system. Instead of brackets and wires, the treatment of clear aligners uses a series of removable, transparent aligners to gradually shift the teeth into a desired position. Clear aligners are custom-made using computerised technology, making them more comfortable and virtually invisible to the eye.

    Clear aligners are removable, allowing for easier oral hygiene and the ability to eat and drink without restrictions. This option is best suited for individuals with mild to moderate dental issues. It’s important to note that compliance is crucial with clear aligners, and they must be worn for the recommended duration of 20-22 hours per day to achieve optimal results.


    Myobrace is a preventive option that is considered a pre-orthodontic treatment for those preemptively looking to combat oral imperfections. This option caters to everyone but is especially good for pre-adolescents that are needing orthodontic treatment.

    Myobrace has the focus of addressing the cause of crooked teeth that may be underlying when undetected or if not corrected. The appeal of this orthodontic treatment is that it is a solution that corrects the smile often without the need for braces.

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      Orthodontics offers a spectrum of corrective treatment options to get you the smile you’ve always wanted. While all options provide an effective solution for different dental needs, the treatment is personal and is a custom-fit solution for every individual undergoing orthodontic treatment.

      By comparing the available options and consulting your oral health care professional, you ensure the best possible choice is made for your requirements. Dr Adél Rossouw is here to embark on your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile and achieve your ideal results. Explore our website to learn more, or contact us if you have any questions.