What orthodontic issues can clear braces correct? A quick guide from Harley Street Dental

In the last decade, the world of adult orthodontics has boomed.


Far from only being able to offer metal braces, many dental teams can now offer suitable patients clear and invisible braces. As the name suggests, these orthodontic appliances are visually more discreet than metal alternatives, but can offer similar effectiveness when it comes to correcting misalignments.

While traditional braces are not normally removable, clear braces can be either fixed ceramic braces or removable aligners like Invisalign (commonly put under the umbrella of clear or invisible brace) and are therefore more suitable for treating a wide range of complex issues with subtlety. Here we concentrate on the fixed version of a clear brace.

If you want a straighter smile as an adult, our team may be able to offer you clear braces W1. Affixed to your teeth with clear or porcelain brackets, these braces are more discreet than metal options, while being able to offer you the results of a regular metal brace. Best of all, they offer the results in an accelerated time frame.

What are some of the issues that clear braces W1 are renowned for treating? Read on to find out!


If your teeth are overcrowded, they can be challenging to brush. You may also suffer from discomfort in your jaw due to the roots of the teeth rubbing together, so crowded teeth are far from being simply a cosmetic issue!

Clear braces W1 can gently move crowded teeth apart and, with the precision that can only be found with an attached brace, they can rotate teeth too if required, allowing for a more personalised solution to your orthodontic issues.


Gaps in teeth may be due to your teeth erupting at an odd angle, or may be due to overcrowding of the roots. Either way, a clear brace can be used to move your crowns together while also creating space beneath the gum line.

For extreme cases of gaps in your mouth, a clear aligner may be used after our team has used a more traditional means to create space in your jaw.

General misalignment

A misalignment is a protruding tooth or a row of teeth that just aren’t straight.

Like gaps and the overcrowding, these issues are usually beneath the surface and to correct them, you will need a fitted brace which can offer precision movement.

If you have a tooth that is protruding severely, then our team may opt to use a regular brace first and then move onto a clear option later in the treatment.

Bite issues

Overbites, underbites and crossbites are commonplace in the world of braces and a clear brace can treat most cases of bite issues.

This will depend on the severity and so, our team will need to assess the extent of your bite issue to determine the easiest route to straighten your teeth and get you the gorgeous smile you deserve.

Grinding or bruxism

Misaligned molars can cause nocturnal bruxism, which wears down the enamel and causes headaches. Treatment with a clear brace moves the teeth on both jaws together, preventing the need for sleep-based grinding and bruxing.