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Braces Descriptions

Below are short descriptions of the six kinds of braces Dr. Francis offers. At your appointment, Dr. Francis will help counsel you in determining the best style of braces to match your lifestyle, goals, and desired outcome.


Invisalign, or clear aligners, are a series of acrylic trays custom-made to fit your smile. They are almost entirely invisible, and because they are not affixed to your teeth, Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces.

They are also easy to remove so you can eat and floss without being impeded. Invisalign aligners are created using a 3D model that is customized to your mouth. The aligners are changed once every week, making micro-adjustments to guide your teeth into a straight smile. Invisalign is ideal for teenagers or adults looking for comfort, ease of use, and discretion.

They are one of the most popular choices at Anglia Orthodontics.

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Dental Monitoring

Dental monitoring is Artificial Inteligence software that works with all smartphones.

You just take a “Selfie Scan” of your teeth every few days, this then automatically uploads via the dedicated app to Dental Monitoring. The Scan is processed by Dental Monitoring and the results come to Dr Francis, who then can assess your scan against the Bespoke treatment plan he originally created fo you and ensure your treatment is progressing as it should.

Dental monitoring results in QUICKER TREATMENT, FEWER CLINIC VISITS, BETTER RESULTS with FEWER PROBLEMS and all while improving the flow of communication between you, Dr Francis and his highly trained staff.

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Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are often chosen by teenagers and adults because they are less visible than traditional metal braces, blending in with their tooth-like color.

Because the material is more fragile than metal, ceramic braces often require more attention and care.

For certain clinical reasons orthodontists occasionally put ceramic braces only on upper teeth.

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are traditional metal braces that are attached to the backs of your teeth so they aren’t seen when you smile.

They are ideal for those concerned with cosmetic appearance or the interference of braces with their daily lives.

The process is entirely customized to suit your mouth and your needs.

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Traditional Metal Braces

The most common type of braces is traditional metal braces, made of high-grade stainless steel.

Around each tooth is a rubber band, which you can customise by choosing different colored bands.

Traditional metal braces are ideal for anyone looking for a simple treatment and the colours add a bit of pizzazz throughout the orthodontic treatment.

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Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces, but use clips instead of rubber bands.

They require fewer appointments and put less pressure on each tooth than traditional braces.

The self-ligating braces come in your choice of traditional metal, or clear ceramic brackets.

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