Removable braces

Removable braces should be worn all the time apart from when it has to be removed for cleaning and sport. If you play sport then it is a good idea to remove this brace especially if you play contact sports such as rugby! Removable braces are suitable for minor orthodontic problems such as expanding the upper or lower teeth or straightening crooked teeth. A typical removable brace consists of a plastic base with attached wires and springs. A removable brace may covers your palate and fits neatly over the teeth, and is easy to clean.

Invisalign® braces

If you’re after a smile that enhances your appearance, Invisible braces are the treatment for you. Despite the many orthodontic options out there, no alternative works with the ease of invisible clear braces. Invisible braces are the optimum way to change your smile without affecting your lifestyle.

Invisalign® can give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing braces so you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Thousands of adults have already benefited from treatment in America where over 3000 orthodontists have treated their patients with Invisalign®. Invisalign® can help you get the great smile you’ve always wanted.

Benefits of Invisalign® system include:

  • Invisible - so no one can tell you're straightening your teeth. So now you can smile more during treatment as well as after
  • Removable - so you can eat and drink whatever you like whilst undergoing treatment and brush/floss as normal
  • Comfortable - as it is metal free and inobtrusive

Functional appliances

Functional appliances (e.g. the Twin Block) are a popular type of reducing the projection of the front teeth in patients who are growing.

A functional appliance is a type of brace to correct a ‘Class II’ problem; Class II problems are a group of bite problems where the top teeth bite in front of the lower teeth. Functional appliances may be either fixed or removable. Removable functional appliances are most popular in the U.K. The more common removable functional appliances are made from separate upper and lower parts, which interlock placing the lower jaw in a more advanced position. Other types of functional appliance are made from just one piece, although these may adapt slightly less well to the teeth.

Benefits of the Functional appliances include:

  • Can only be used in children
  • May help to avoid the need for extractions
  • Will shorten the length of your fixed appliance treatment

Removable appliances

If your child is between 9 and 12, we might start early orthodontic treatment with a removable plastic brace. This lightweight and discreet brace is worn day and night, helping to straighten your child’s front teeth and make more room for their adult teeth to grow into. A removable brace might also be used to improve your child’s ‘bite’ – how the teeth look and work effectively.

Using removable plastic braces earlier on in your child’s life helps lay foundations for future treatment and can avoid needing to extract adult teeth later on, which would otherwise be the first major dental intervention your child receives, and therefore potentially upsetting.

Removable appliance… Do’s and Don’ts

Brush teeth and brace at least twice each day.
Use a fluoride mouthrinse once every day.
Do not eat or drink between meals and at bedtime.
Avoid hard or chewy sweets and foods.
If you lose your appliance ring up for an appointment as soon as is reasonably possible. If you repeatedly break your brace, your treatment may be stopped early.


British Lingual Orthodontic Society
British Orthodontic Society
Royal College of Surgeons