Types of braces and appliances

Here at Wallasey Orthodontics, we offer many types of braces to suit your personal needs and preferences.

Once you’ve had your free initial consultation with us, your Specialist Orthodontist could recommend any of the following types of braces or appliances for your treatment:

Fixed braces

These are the mainstay of contemporary orthodontics but come in a variety of different shapes, colours and sizes. They all involve a bracket glued to the teeth, joined together by a wire. They can be metal or ceramic (tooth-coloured) and sit on the front or back of your teeth.

Either way, they stay in for the duration of your treatment with Wallasey Orthodontics and help us precisely control the position of your teeth and bite.

Clarity™ clear ceramic braces

A modern alternative to metal braces, Clarity™ braces are made of transparent ceramics, making them blend well with your smile.

These clear braces:

  • Look natural
  • Do not stain
  • Work just as well as metal braces
  • Fit comfortably in the mouth
  • Resist wear and tear

Incognito™ lingual braces

Lingual braces are a great way to correct your smile, without anyone seeing your brace.

These braces are fitted to the inside of your teeth, on the surface next to your tongue, so they are completely invisible to everyone apart from you and your orthodontist.

Invisalign® aligners

When you wear Invisalign®, it’ll be just between you and your orthodontist. Start your journey to straight, healthy teeth with the world’s leading provider of clear aligners.

Discover more about Invisalign®

Functional braces

These are also known as growth modification appliances. Functional braces are an effective way to create tooth movement, and to guide the position of the jaws by changing the way you bite. Most functional braces are removable, but here at Wallasey Orthodontics we can now offer a fixed version for patients with appropriate requirements.

Expansion braces

When there is a mismatch between the width of the jaws, the teeth can sometimes bite the wrong way around.

Expansion braces help to correct the width of the top teeth and jaws, to allow everything to fit together correctly. They can also prevent the jaw from making unnecessary movements, which can cause wear and tear.

Removable braces

Removable braces usually consist of a clear plastic brace with metal clips, used primarily to correct minor tooth positioning in younger children (e.g. children with baby teeth). They can also be used in older patients to help improve the way your teeth bite together.

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs)

Where appropriate, temporary anchorage devices can be used instead of an operation, for complex corrections. Used in unison with braces, they are tiny pins the size of an earring that are placed into the gum / bone, under local anaesthetic (usually an injection in the gum). They allow us to fix the position of certain teeth within the bone, and create tooth movement that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

Sagittal Correctors

These types of correctors allow us to correct a patient’s bite and establish a secure and snug fit of the teeth, resulting in better alignment and the creation of beautiful smiles.


After all the hard work of fitting and wearing your braces is done, retainers make sure your smile stays put.

We know through extensive research that teeth want to move throughout your life – which will happen no matter what orthodontic treatment you’ve received.

The first year out of braces is often the most important, so wearing retainers after that first year is a sensible approach to maintain your smile.

To make this transition as easy as possible, we routinely offer clear aesthetic retainers as part of all treatments, alongside fixed or bonded retainers as required.

Once your treatment with Wallasey Orthodontics is complete, we’ll invite you to join our new ACE Retainers Club, to help encourage you to protect your new smile. Find out more about our ACE Retainers Club.

Ready to start your journey to a new smile?