improves the neatness of the arrangement and position of teeth. A range of treatments are available depending on the patients aesthetic needs and budget. These vary depending on the type of material used, the system they employ and their appearance. Generally they are divided between metal braces and aesthetic (ceramic, clear) ones. The metal brace will be the one most patients are familiar with – however, for those patients wishing to have a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, ceramic (white) and clear braces are available . There are also different modes of operation – conventional and self-ligating (Damon braces), which LIPS Clinic Dentists will be happy to explain to the patient the pros- and cons- of each.