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Straightening your teeth with dental braces is one of the best ways to transform your smile. A perfectly straight smile can boost your confidence, make eating and talking much easier, and make you more attractive to others. But before you can reap the benefits of beautifully aligned teeth, you’ll need to choose a teeth-straightening method that works for you.

Teeth straightening techniques have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years. With new materials and technologies available, dentists and orthodontists have developed some hugely popular types of dental braces. Here, we explain the different types of braces.

Traditional Metal Braces

When you think of dental braces, traditional metal braces most likely spring to mind. These braces, consisting of metal brackets, wires and elastic bands, are one of the most common types of braces.

Metal braces are effective and inexpensive, and while they have been around since the 18th century, these braces have greatly improved over the years. They’re now much more comfortable and orthodontists can allow patients to choose which colour elastic bands they would like, making them personalisable. However, metal braces are still the most noticeable type of dental braces. So if you’re worried about feeling self-conscious, it’s worth considering one of the more subtle options below.

Traditional Metal Braces


Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment, rather than a type of dental brace. It is also one of the most popular and high-tech teeth straightening methods. Just like braces, Invisalign puts pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them into alignment. But rather than doing so with a fixed brace, it uses a series of clear aligners custom-made for your teeth.

These aligners are removable, so you can take them out before tucking into meals and snacks, and easily clean them. Invisalign is also designed to be as invisible as possible, so you can straighten your teeth without feeling self-conscious.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces work similarly to traditional metal braces, but rather than placing brackets on the front of your teeth, your dentist places them on the back, out of sight.

While these braces are a good choice for those who don’t want their braces to be noticeable, not all dentists offer lingual braces, and they are more costly than traditional metal ones.

Lingual braces are also not suitable for everyone. They can’t always be used to treat severe misalignment and can be more uncomfortable and difficult to clean.

Lingual Braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work similarly to traditional metal braces, but the brackets are ceramic rather than metal. Ceramic braces blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, offering a discreet and effective alternative to metal braces.

Six Month Smiles uses ceramic braces to move your teeth into alignment in just half a year. This is one of our most popular teeth-straightening treatments at Tooth Doctor.

Ceramic Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

Traditional braces use elastic bands as well as brackets and wires. The elastic bands, also known as ligatures, wrap around the brackets to hold the wire in place. These can be tightened to control the tension of the wire — the force that shifts teeth into alignment. However, self-ligating braces eliminate the need for the elastic. Instead of the bands, tiny clips hold the wire in place.

These braces can be more comfortable than traditional metal braces with elastic as they use smaller brackets and pose less frictional resistance. With self-ligating braces, you will also make fewer trips to the dentist for brace tightening, and your dental care routine may be easier as these braces are easier to clean.

Both metal and ceramic braces can be self-ligating, so you can make the most of self-ligating brackets and a discreet clear appearance. At Tooth Doctor, we offer Damon braces, a popular type of clear, tieless dental brace.

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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What Our Patients Say

Hay CHay C
10:35 23 Apr 24
I wanted to improve my smile for my wedding. I had a hygiene clean & teeth whitening. As someone who dreads the dentist they made me feel comfortable whilst being professional. Reccomend.
Terry WilliamsTerry Williams
14:47 02 Apr 24
Chelcie JollyChelcie Jolly
20:30 15 Mar 24
I went to Brentwood dentist very nervous because of bad experiences priorAnd I had such a good experience with Anthony the dentist there he is so patient calming and kind and I will be going to only from now onI thought he deserves a review and for fellow nervous patients i highly recommend
Carmen BogarCarmen Bogar
17:24 01 Mar 24
Lovely and welcoming People👌
Rebecca BrownRebecca Brown
19:12 23 Feb 24
Dr Anthony is a brilliant dentist, understanding, kind, explains everything simply, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.My partner has had bad experiences with the dentist, very anxious, Dr Anthony gave him confidence to return, my whole family will be joining you soon.
Ros ClarkRos Clark
08:15 03 Feb 24
I can’t praise the Brentwood Tooth Doctor enough. Having had previously bad experiences at dentists and not having been to a dentist for longer than I care to remember I went with trepidation. But I found everyone to be very pleasant and professional from the receptionist, the nurse and Anthony the dentist. Anthony was friendly, calming and never judgmental. My nervousness of getting treatment washed away. I can’t thank the team enough.
Sharon LapslieSharon Lapslie
09:54 09 Jan 24
Jade is lovely and patient. I’m nervous of the dentist, she talked me through everything involved in my tooth extraction. She was as gentle as she could be, I have the confidence to go back now for a check up to see what else needs doing.
matt aredematt arede
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
After avoiding the dentist for years, Anthony was outstanding. I physically could not recommend this dentist practise or Anthony anymore, everyone there was lovely
Sophisticated knightSophisticated knight
14:03 30 Nov 23
Clean professional outfit. Friendly staff, reasonable prices and makes what can be an experience a lot of people dread a more pleasant one.
Soo Ling OonSoo Ling Oon
13:32 29 Nov 23
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
Paul WhalleyPaul Whalley
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
Very good serviceJadye is an excellent dentistWould highly recommend
matt aredematt arede
11:30 30 Jul 23
Gigi TacelGigi Tacel
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!
Krissy RaceKrissy Race
09:56 18 Jul 23
11:55 11 Apr 23
Absolutely Amazing, got me in when fully booked as I was in Pain, the Staff all staff second to none, top Service, can't praise them enough 🙌 👏
Freddie TurnerFreddie Turner
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
Gina PavlovaGina Pavlova
14:58 17 Oct 22
I required an emergency appointment and they were able to accommodate.The staff were all very friendly , welcoming and explained everything to me which made me very much at ease .I would defiantly recommend

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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