Braces: Understanding Your Options – Guest Post by Bupa UK


A shocking 42% of Brits wish they could change the appearance of their smile. Instead of letting your smile affect your confidence, why not investigate your options – you could be surprised.

As dental technology evolves, the way different treatments are carried out is becoming more sophisticated. This includes teeth straightening. Unsightly methods of straightening teeth are becoming a thing of the past as new, advanced techniques are becoming available in more dental practices.

The team at Bupa UK share a short guide on teeth straightening options.

Older methods

Lots of people are unhappy with their smile; over a quarter of people feel so conscious that they avoid smiling in photographs. People often feel frustrated by how their teeth look, yet don’t get treatment because they don’t want to wear a visible brace that will knock their confidence even further.

Traditional teeth straightening and orthodontic treatments can also bring back bad memories for some of us. Whether it was the time you embarrassingly got food stuck in your brace, or the inevitable lisp you got from wearing a retainer – for many, these are memories you’d rather forget.

These traditional methods of teeth straightening include:

  • Fixed braces – commonly used for quite severe crowding, this kind of brace is made of metal brackets while are joined together with wire to line your teeth up. It’s still very popular and is often offered to under-18s through the NHS for free.
  • Removable braces – usually used for less severe crowding, a removable brace can be made up of a plastic plate with wire clips and springs to attach to the teeth. These are still used, however, are only ever recommended if teeth don’t require too much work.
  • Retainer – a more discreet option, which is usually recommended following a fixed brace.
  • Headgear – a visible brace that attaches to your head to position back teeth. This teeth straightening method was particularly popular during the seventies but has since become used less frequently.

Fortunately, advanced methods are more readily available that mean people no longer have to grin and bear it while feeling conscious of their braces.

New techniques

Clear fixed braces

This type of brace is becoming increasingly popular and is usually only available privately. It has the same effect and function as a fixed brace however, ceramic or clear brackets are attached to the teeth so they blend into the teeth. Some providers also use tooth-coloured wires to make the braces even less noticeable.

This type of brace isn’t invisible, but it’s much more discreet than traditional “train track” braces. Although clear braces are noticeable to others, they aim to blend into your teeth for a more concealed effect.


For those that don’t want visible braces, Invisalign could be the solution. The innovative Invisalign technology allows you to have custom-made aligners that are replaced every couple of weeks as your teeth gradually move and line up. But, the best part is that they’re made out of clear plastic.

The aligners are barely noticeable and slot over your teeth. You’ll be advised to wear them at all times apart from when you’re eating. In most cases the treatment will last between nine and 15 months, depending on the condition of your teeth.

They’re comfortable to wear and you’ll likely find that they cause little disruption to your life.

Helping Susanna get her confidence back

One of our customers, Susanna, shared her journey as she searched for the perfect smile to help get her confidence back. You can watch the video and find out more about Invisalign here.


Sophie Mellor

Sophie Mellor, Bupa UK

Bupa is a leading international healthcare group that provides a broad range of health, dental and care services. The group also specialises in producing health and well being advice with the vision of helping people get longer, healthier, happier lives. The Bupa UK team are planning to launch more dedicated wellness content hubs in 2016 to help achieve their mission and touch more people’s lives.



  • Atlanta Dental Spa

    Technology today can really have a huge impact on the treatment of your health. With new found methods treatment of the teeth and mouth will be easy and can have a lasting impression on your smile…

  • Dentist Atlanta Blog

    I really like the braces that I am wearing now because it has given me a huge boost in confidence that has really helped me in many ways unlike before. Now I can meet and look at people without fear of being made fun of because of my teeth.

  • vitadentalhouston

    Hello Sophie,

    I read your blog content on this topic,which is nice in writing ,knowledge and thoughts ,You mentioned old and new process about Braces,Its really really helpful for online dental patient .

  • Uzma

    nice informative article on new technique of braces installation. keep it up.
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  • Dr Stephen Nozaki

    Hi, I am a dentist ( and I get a lot of teenagers who are more scared of being ostracised at school by their peers for having braces than by the fact that they are vising the dentist. I just tell them one thing- Don’t care, you can’t make evreyone like you and sometimes you can’t make anyone like you. That’s okay as long as you like yourself. So i agree with this blog that confidence shouldn’t be lost due to braces. Remember you have an illness and braces are your medicine and that people who think you look bad and make you feel bad are the ones who are ugly. I agree with every point made on this blog.

  • Plamen Kozhuharov

    Very useful patient info. If you are a dentist you may also be interested in some career insight on my blog at Dental Radar —
    All the best !

  • Phoebe Marqueza

    It is important to fix our teeth because it boost our self-esteem and we can smile whenever we want without hesitation. There are a lot of remedies for teeth problem there are ortho bands, home alteranatives and many more.

  • Alex Yong

    For those that don’t want visible braces, Invisalign could be the solution. This is so true. Thanks for sharing!

  • Charlie Sanders

    Having the right options for braces is so important for the well-being of each patient. Thanks for this post.

  • chrisvon

    Thank you for this article. I am currently considering an invisalign braces at alexandria va dentist. They offered me the best dental treatment so far. Although the fee is quite expensive. Good thing my health insurance covers my dental care. Still in the end, it’s worth a risk!

  • Miss Shave a Lot

    I’m also considering the fixed braces. Isn’t it painful? I was also asking some advice from my friend who’s also one of the owners of Toothbrush Tester (still waiting for her response though). Anyway, how much is Clear fixed braces usually in the UK?

    - Sophia

  • Hungary 4U Ltd

    The most Innovation option for getting whole new smile. Braces proven a solutions to many people looking to get smile as they want. A very Helpful Info exploring the new and advance technique of braces over traditional ones.

  • Ananya

    Hi, I used to have a baby tooth that never fell out and my adult tooth grew on top of my baby tooth, I got the baby tooth pulled out and my adult tooth came down but it’s a little crooked and I would like to fix that. My teeth aren’t all crooked it’s just 2 or 3 teeth that are crooked and I would like to fix them so which one do you think I should get Invisalign or metal braces?

  • Dr Gareth Lewell

    Thanks for sharing.. Now a days older method is not used any Australian people.. and mostly people are used new technique like that invisalign and clear braces treatment.. for more information –

  • Dr Chopra DentalClinc

    Hello Sophie,

    You are clearing number of doubts in this blog for those people who don’t wants to accept braces.

    You mentioned truly in your post “People feel so conscious that they avoid smiling in photographs.” and you are also right on that now new modern Braces are so simple and effective.

    I am also a dentist from Delhi and if anyone need help about any kind of dental problem then he/she can visit on:

  • Alice Brown

    Nice work here, Jozef. I believe no one should be held back from improving their confidence, and braces are a great way to do so, no matter which type you choose!