Orthodontic Braces

Dental Braces Cowes

As more and more adults and children are undergoing orthodontic treatment in Cowes to correct a wide variety of teeth problems, specialist orthodontists, or general dentists that fit braces are certainly in demand. While not so many years ago, braces used to be all metal, nowadays there are a wide variety of brace systems to choose from. So if you’re visiting us for orthodontic treatment in Cowes, which braces are best for you?


Let’s take a closer look at some of the more common types to help you decide.

Conventional metal braces

Metal braces used to be synonymous with the term ‘metal mouth’ but fortunately anyone seeking metal braces in Cowes will discover that they are far less visible. Sure they still consist of brackets which are anchored onto the teeth and wiring which is threaded through, however the wiring is much thinner. In addition, heat activated arch wiring has the ability to move teeth faster and with little discomfort and they can treat a wide variety of mild to moderate dental problems. In terms of cost, they’re one of the cheaper types available and would suit those who just want straighter teeth on a budget.

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Ceramic Braces

These are very similar to metal braces in the way that they look, but are a little bulkier. However, because this particular type of orthodontic treatment uses clear ceramic brackets and tooth coloured wiring, this isn’t so much of a problem because they offer a more discreet look. Typically there is no difference in terms of effectiveness between ceramic and metal braces, so they too can treat a wide variety of problems. However, when you visit an orthodontist or a general dentist who fits braces, you can expect to pay more than you would for conventional metal appliances.

Lingual Braces

When you speak to a general dentist or an orthodontist, they might recommend lingual braces. These are similar in style to metal braces with brackets and archwires, except this time, they’re attached to the back of the teeth. They move the teeth in the same way and are again used to fix a wide variety of dental issues, however this time the braces are hidden from view. Lingual braces can take a little getting used to particularly at first, but if you’re after discretion, then this may be a small price to pay. Speaking of prices to pay… lingual braces are one of the more expensive teeth brace systems on the market.

Finally, Invisalign Aligners

For those who want complete discretion, then they might want to consider Invisalign aligners. As the name suggests, this type of Cowes orthodontic treatment is virtually invisible as it utilises not just one, but a whole series of removable, clear plastic aligners. Designed to be worn over the teeth like an invisible gum shield, they’re replaced every two weeks to keep teeth moving in the desired direction. By doing away with brackets and wiring altogether, Invisalign braces are ideal for those who consider discretion as a top priority. Designed to correct a number of mild to moderate dental problems, they are usually more expensive than metal braces, but often cheaper than lingual braces.

So there you have it – the popular types of orthodontic treatments in Cowes explained. Don’t forget to talk to your orthodontist or general dentist about the right tooth braces for you. Remember the team at Supreme Dental Cowes is here to help you achieve a great-looking smile, so give us a call today on (03) 5952 2686.

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What Insurances Do You Accept?

We accept all health fund insurance and we are preferred providers of Medibank Private, CBHS, NIB, and HCF.

What Other Forms of Payment Do You Accept?

Along with insurance, we accept Cash, Credit Cards & Dental Health Insurance Cards. We also accept and process vouchers under their Medicare Card (Children Dental Benefits Schedule), Department of Veteran Affairs Cards, and Victorian Emergency & Victorian General Dental Scheme.

Where Are You Located?

Supreme Dental Cowes is conveniently located within Cowes (Philip Island) Medical Centre. There is plenty of parking directly out front in our car park on-site.

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