|Traditional metal braces||Clear braces||Lingual braces||Invisible braces|
|Comfort||Technology has made traditional metal braces more comfortable than ever before.||Clear braces have smaller ceramic brackets making them comfortable to wear.||Lingual braces are bonded to the inside surface of your teeth. Once your mouth gets accustomed to wearing them, they sit comfortably.||Invisible braces use custom-made aligners which fit over your teeth and can be removed, so they’re extremely comfortable to wear.|
|Effectiveness||Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are extremely effective in straightening your teeth.||Clear braces use the traditional method that metal braces do so are very effective in straightening teeth.||Lingual braces are 100 percent customized to match the shape of your teeth so can achieve great results.||Invisible braces have revolutionised the orthodontic industry and transformed over 4 million smiles to date.|
|Treatment time||Treatment time for each patient varies, but on average metal braces take 18-30 months.||Treatment time for each patient varies, but on average clear braces take 18-30 months.||Treatment time for each patient varies, but on average lingual braces take 18-30 months.||Treatment time is less with invisible braces, and can be reduced even further with technology such as AcceleDent. Typical treatment takes approximately 18-24 months.|
|Visibility||Traditional metal braces are extremely visible as the metal brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth. Patients can have fun by adding colored elastics to their braces.||Clear braces use ceramic brackets which are clear or blend in with the colour of your teeth, making them a very discreet treatment option.||Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore "invisible" when you smile.||Invisible braces use aligners made from clear, plastic material which are virtually invisible. This means people won’t notice you’re having treatment.|
|Suitable for||All patients and orthodontic problems.||Older teenagers and adult patients. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.||Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.||Teenagers and patients, as well as celebrities. Because the aligners are removable, they don’t interfere in a patient’s lifestyle. Diets can remain normal and patients can continue to play sports and musical instruments.|
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