We are highly experienced in both metal and clear braces. Both options generate the same outstanding results.

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal Braces

We choose the smallest commercially available orthodontic brackets as they look better. Many patients comment on how surprisingly small our brackets are.

Metal brackets are tough and can withstand wear and tear. They do not shatter, even on hard contact.

We generally use metal brackets for young people, unless otherwise requested as they are less maintenance for the patient, as they don't stain or discolour.

For more information on the brackets we use see:

Equilibrium Mini Brackets

Transparent Braces

Clear brackets, made of artificial monocrystalline sapphire, are available for patients who desire less visibility than metal brackets.

This option is best suited for adults and young adults, however they can be used for younger patients if desired.

Clear brackets require dietry consideration for foods with intense colouring such as curries, tomato paste and red wine.

For more information on the ceramic brackets we use see:

Ormco Inspire Ice brackets

Your Job



During the course of orthodontic treatment, you may have to wear elastic rubber bands to help with the correction of your malocclusion (bite). For some patients, elastics aren’t their favourite part of orthodontic treatment. Following instructions is essential to correcting the bite. The better they are worn, the sooner braces can come off. Wearing elastics well will give you a nicer end result.



We will straighten your teeth, and your dentist will check for problems periodically. But you’re the one who has to take care of your teeth every single day to keep them clean and healthy. Now that you have braces, proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort. By taking good care of your teeth now, we’ll achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.

For You

lithgow valley Smiles care of braces pack which includes tooth brushes and instructions on care of braces, toothbrush, inter-dental brush, toothpaste, wax, brace relief and written instructions.

Care Package

Your dental nurse will sit with you and explain your oral hygiene needs and cleaning considerations, and provide a care package when your braces go on. Inside, you will find advice and fridge magnets with information about your braces, foods and drinks, and oral hygiene. Your bag includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, interproximal brushes, wax, bonjella, and sugar free chewing gum.



The range of colours we have available for your braces. The colours are changed every time you visit the practice - feel free to ask to have them changed at your appointment to your team colours for your upcoming sports carnival, or to match your dress for your formal! For those who want a more discreet look, we generally recommend silver as it blends in with the brackets, or clear if you have transparent brackets.