Maida Smiles (W. London)

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Ceramic White Braces

near invisible braces

Ceramic braces, often called clear braces, work the same way as traditional metal braces. However, they’re more discreet and subtle. Suitable for children and adults alike, clear braces use ceramic brackets that are tooth-coloured and virtually invisible. 

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Ceramic braces explained

Clear braces consist of ceramic, tooth-coloured brackets attached to teeth with a wire that runs through them. 

This wire is then straightened gradually during your treatment, guiding the teeth into their final position. 

Whilst the wire is often metal, it’s tooth-coloured (the same as the brackets), hence the nickname “clear braces”, which allows patients to take a more subtle approach to their treatment.

Getting to know ceramic braces

Ceramic braces can take between 18 and 36 months to straighten teeth. In cosmetic cases, where the only minor, front visible teeth are being straightened, ceramic braces can work their magic in only six months. How long treatment takes will depend on your bite condition or malocclusion. 

There are two near-invisible brace options:

  • Six-month smiles: Straightens teeth in an average time of six months.
  • CFast: Clear brackets that make cosmetic changes to the front teeth.

Whilst ceramic braces might be a good option if you’re self-conscious about having braces and need a discreet option, they might not be for everyone. 


  • Less visible than metal braces
  • In some instances, can work faster than clear aligners
  • Choose your own colour that’s perfectly matched to teeth


  • In severe cases, ceramic braces will take longer to straighten teeth
  • More expensive than regular metal braces
  • More susceptible to staining

Clear braces are not the only discreet orthodontic option available; other options include lingual braces, which are like traditional braces, but they’re fitted behind the teeth and are, therefore, hidden from view. 

Clear, removable aligners, like Invisalign, are another great option. Thin and completely transparent, Invisalign is made from plastic that fits comfortably over teeth. Although Invisalign is removable, it must be worn for at least 23 hours per day and can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss. 

Another alternative is traditional metal braces, including multi-coloured or regular silver brackets. Costs from £1,500.

The cost of ceramic braces

Ceramic braces cost slightly more than traditional metal braces, which cost £3,500 at our clinic in London. The price is for both arches, so if you need to straighten just one row of teeth, you can expect prices to be from £1,250.

Whilst fixed metal braces are available on the NHS to those with a clinical need and meeting certain criteria, clear braces are not.

Due to their cosmetic appeal, clear braces are only available via private practices like ours.

While the cost will depend on the severity of your bite or crowding problem, patients should expect prices to begin from £1,250, including your adjustments, and final smile enhancement. This price is for both top and bottom arches.

0% finance is available.

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.