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There are a whole host of orthodontics options on the market today and it can all be very confusing for someone wanting straight teeth. So, in this blog we will try and break it down for you; Highlight the Pros and cons of each treatment.

Types of Dental Braces

Broadly speaking, braces can be broken down into two types:

  1. Wires and brackets
  2. Clear trays

Each system requires a high level of hygiene, regular cleaning and we cannot initiate treatment in cases where there is decay (HOLES) in the teeth.

Braces also mean you have to refrain from fizzy drinks and things like toffee, to name a few.

Every system also requires a commitment of visiting the dentist once a month, so that we can keep a close eye on movement and make necessary changes to your treatment.

Short Term Orthodontics - Wire Systems Dental Braces1. Wire Systems

Wire systems include “6 month smiles” and “quick straight teeth” amongst other brands and have clear brackets as well as a clear white wire.

These work well for cases where teeth are twisted and work very quickly, often 6-10 months in easy cases. However, individual times will vary depending on movement, and a lot of my patients tell me that friends and family barely notice they are wearing them.


  1. Effectiveness: Metal braces are highly effective in correcting various orthodontic issues, including severe misalignments, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and more.
  2. Versatility: Traditional braces can address a wide range of orthodontic problems, making them suitable for most patients.
  3. Durability: Metal braces are robust and durable, able to withstand the pressure needed for complex tooth movements.
  4. Affordability: Metal braces are often more budget-friendly compared to some alternative orthodontic treatments.
  5. Orthodontist’s Expertise: Many orthodontists are well-trained and experienced in using traditional metal braces, ensuring optimal treatment outcomes.
  6. Long Term Results: Fixed wires always provide the best long term results but are visually obvious.


  1. Aesthetics: Traditional metal braces are highly visible and may not be suitable for individuals who desire a more discreet option.
  2. Comfort: Some patients may experience discomfort, irritation, or soreness due to the presence of metal brackets and wires.
  3. Oral Hygiene: Cleaning around metal braces can be more challenging, and proper oral hygiene maintenance is crucial to prevent issues like plaque buildup and cavities.
  4. Dietary Restrictions: Patients with metal braces may need to avoid certain foods that are too hard, sticky, or crunchy to prevent damage to the braces.
  5. Adjustment Appointments: Regular adjustment appointments are necessary to tighten the wires, which may cause temporary discomfort.
  6. Treatment Duration: Treatment with traditional braces may take longer than some other orthodontic options, depending on the complexity of the case.
  7. Speech Impediments: Some patients may experience temporary speech changes or difficulties when first getting used to braces.

Short Term Orthodontics - Clear Trays Dental Braces2. Clear Trays

The other system we have are clear trays, with popular brands “Invisalign”, “Smiletru” or “Clearsmile”. With these, impressions are taken every 6 weeks and the trays provide pressure to move the teeth. Generally easier cases work well with these systems but they are fantastic, as they are clear and completely discreet. They take marginally longer to work than wires and are dependant on being worn 22 hours a day. Major disadvantages are that they can feel extremely tight to begin with and also affect speech in the initial stages.


  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them an attractive option for individuals who want a discreet way to straighten their teeth.
  2. Comfort: Clear aligners are generally more comfortable than traditional metal braces because they lack sharp brackets and wires that can cause irritation.
  3. Removability: Clear aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss without any obstructions. This makes maintaining oral hygiene easier.
  4. No Dietary Restrictions: Since aligners are removed during meals, there are no dietary restrictions. You can continue to enjoy all your favourite foods.
  5. Predictable Treatment: Clear aligners are custom-made using advanced 3D imaging technology, providing a clear treatment plan and timeline for patients.
  6. Fewer Orthodontic Appointments: Clear aligners typically require fewer in-person orthodontic appointments than traditional braces.


  1. Effectiveness: Clear aligners may not be as effective as traditional braces for complex orthodontic issues or severe misalignments. A dentist with a special interest in orthodontics will usually manage your front 6 teeth only. For more complicated cases, fixed wires are the best solution, where you would be referred to an orthodontist.
  2. Compliance: Successful treatment with clear aligners depends on the patient’s ability to wear them consistently for at least 20-22 hours a day. Compliance is crucial for achieving desired results.
  3. Cost: Clear aligners can be more expensive than traditional braces, although this can vary depending on the complexity of the case.
  4. Not Suitable for Everyone: Clear aligners may not be suitable for patients with certain dental conditions or those who require extensive orthodontic work.
  5. Replacement and Care: Aligners need to be replaced every few weeks, and they require proper cleaning and maintenance to prevent discoloration or damage.
  6. Speech Impediments: Some patients may experience temporary speech changes or difficulties when first using aligners.

Who will handle these braces for me?

Dental braces are typically performed by our orthodontists, who are specialised dental professionals with advanced training and expertise in orthodontic treatments. While our dentists can provide general dental care and may offer some orthodontic services, such as minor teeth alignment, it is the orthodontists who are specially trained to plan and perform comprehensive orthodontic treatments for you, including the installation and management of dental braces.

Our orthodontists are specifically focused on diagnosing and correcting issues related to the alignment and positioning of teeth and jaws. They have a deep understanding of orthodontic techniques and technologies and can create customised treatment plans to address a wide range of orthodontic problems, from crowded teeth and misaligned bites to more complex cases.

While our dentists play a vital role in maintaining overall oral health and can provide basic orthodontic evaluations, they often refer patients to orthodontists for specialised orthodontic treatment, especially in cases requiring braces or more advanced orthodontic interventions. Orthodontists have the specialised knowledge and experience to ensure that orthodontic treatments are conducted effectively and efficiently, leading to improved oral health and a properly aligned smile.

Why Choose Tooth Doctor for Teeth Straightening

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ option when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. At Tooth Doctor’s 3 practices in Basildon, Brentwood and Stanford-le-Hope of Essex and Thurrock, our specialist orthodontists can assess your needs and recommend the best straightening options for you.

  • Expertise and Experience: At Tooth Doctor, we have a team of highly skilled orthodontists with extensive experience in teeth straightening. Our specialists stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in orthodontic techniques and technology to provide you with the best care.
  • Keep it a Secret: Don’t worry about the ‘metal mouth’ look! Unlike the traditional metal braces, there are some great modern options for clear or ‘invisible’ braces.
  • Bespoke Treatment Plans: We understand that each patient’s orthodontic needs are unique. We take the time to conduct thorough assessments and create personalised treatment plans tailored to your specific concerns and goals.
  • Reasonable Pricing: We believe that quality orthodontic care should be accessible to all. Our Quick Straight Teeth treatment starts from just £1,200, offering an affordable solution for achieving a straighter smile.
  • Comprehensive Care: We provide comprehensive orthodontic care, from the initial consultation to the final retention phase. Our goal is not only to straighten your teeth but also to ensure long-term oral health and stability.
  • Proven Success: Our track record of successful teeth straightening cases and satisfied patients speaks to our commitment to excellence in orthodontics.

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Hay CHay C
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09:54 09 Jan 24
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13:39 28 Dec 23
This is by far the best dentist I ever been. The receptionist Nanayaa was super simpatic and was calming me down before the consultation. I had a initial consultation with Dr. Anthony who was very helpful and understanding considering that I am a very anxious patient. He was gentle, kind and really solved my problem. After that I needed to do a filling with Dr.Jade as the days that Dr. Anthony works I wasn't around. She was so clever as she really understand my situation and helped me out to make the best decision in my case. Her assistant (also called Jade) was very kind on holding my hand while she applied the anaesthetic and the filling was great and I couldn't be more happier. TOTALLY RECOMEND.
Abbie RichardsonAbbie Richardson
22:57 01 Dec 23
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14:03 30 Nov 23
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Bradley MorrisBradley Morris
08:43 21 Nov 23
Recommended to these guys by a friend, and I can see why!Great customer service, treated me on the same day, lovely staff - I highly recommend these guys too if looking for dental care in Brentwood
Neethu VargheseNeethu Varghese
10:04 11 Nov 23
Lovely place and staffs. The doctor Anthony was very friendly and made me feel comfortable throughout the process.
Lea EkwubiriLea Ekwubiri
14:11 23 Oct 23
Anthony is probably the best Dentist I have ever seen. I've always had a terrible fear of Dentists, but after meeting Anthony I felt relaxed, I felt that I could trust him too, which is so important to me. I would recommend him to anybody, he's a lovely young, and knows his stuff.
Kemi OKemi O
09:28 10 Oct 23
Amazing service! I left my local dentist of 8 years due to bad service and I am so happy my family is under the care of Jayde. Professional, personal and knowledgeable. She educates you on your teeth - something I have never had. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quality dentist who does not see you as just a number.
Darren HutsonDarren Hutson
08:24 22 Aug 23
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09:58 16 Aug 23
Dentist Jayde is very pleasant, very through and very professional.Practice is private only, no NHS.
Sandra PAVEYSandra PAVEY
08:44 16 Aug 23
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08:13 26 Jul 23
Great dentist, would recommend to anyone wanting any treatments or dental hygiene, fillings, etc.Special shout out to dentist Jayde who was very supportive, professional, made me feel comfortable, explains everything clearly and I was very satisfied with everything done. Highly recommended!
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13:47 25 Jan 23
What a fantastic dentists!After trying most of the local dentists in the Brentwood area and most having a long waiting list I was presently surprised at how fast and simple the booking process was.The dental treatment was for my father who suffers from poor mental health and hadn't been to the dentist for over 20 years so this was extremely daunting for him.From the first call to our last treatment, the team were Fantastic. They went above and beyond to make my father feel at ease throughout the process and have such a high level for patients care and wellbeing.The work carried out was A1 and my father was extremely happy with his dental work and would highly recommend!!From Derek and Feeddie THANK YOU!ps. Sorry for the delay!
17:59 08 Nov 22
I have just finished my Invisalign treatment with Jayde @ the Brentwood branch and I could not recommend more highly. From start to finish Jayde explained each step thoroughly & kept me at ease. I am over the moon with how my teeth now look. The process was smooth painless and fast! Thank you so much
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14:58 17 Oct 22
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Our Location in Essex and Thurrock

Tooth Doctor proudly serves the community of Essex and Thurrock with three conveniently located dental clinics. Whether you’re in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope, a top-tier dental experience is just around the corner. The Basildon clinic is situated at 7 Market Pavement SS14 1DD. The Brentwood clinic is at 27 High Street CM14 4RG. The Stanford-le-Hope clinic is at 26 Corringham Rd SS17 0AH. They are all easily accessible both by car and public transportation. With ample parking options and proximity to major transit routes, getting to us for your dental treatments is a breeze. No matter which surrounding area you’re coming from, Tooth Doctor ensures a smooth journey to a brighter smile!

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