When it comes to choosing the best type of invisible braces for you, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
We created a helpful guide that takes a look at the three most common types of invisible braces, how they work, and their pros and cons.
How do they work?
Ceramic braces are a modern version of the traditional, metal brace, involving ceramic brackets being fixed to the teeth. Offering a subtle and discreet, yet effective method of dental treatment, ceramic braces are incredibly popular and have even been used by celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Fearne Cotton, and Prince Harry!
The benefits of Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are made from translucent and tooth-coloured brackets and wires, which are much more discreet than their metal predecessors.
The disadvantages of Ceramic Braces
Although the braces are relatively discreet, they are susceptible to staining, meaning that they are not totally invisible. In addition, treatment with ceramic braces can take longer than with traditional metal braces.
How do Lingual “Invisible Braces” work?
Lingual braces are a discreet, almost invisible type of brace that fits to the inside of the teeth, as opposed to the traditional braces, which fit to the outside. Their discreet nature has proven popular with celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Myleene Klass.
The benefits of Lingual Braces
They are virtually invisible – Due to the fact that lingual braces are attached to the inside of your teeth, they are pretty much invisible.
The disadvantages of Lingual Braces
Lingual braces tend to be considerably more expensive than traditional braces. Because Lingual braces are fitted to the inside of the teeth, they can often be difficult for dentists to fit, adjust, and maintain. Another problem caused by fitting the braces to the inside of the teeth is that they can be difficult to clean. When first fitted, lingual braces can cause some discomfort and difficulties with speech.
How does it work?
Invisalign is a relatively new type of invisible brace. A slightly different concept to standard invisible braces, Invisalign consists of multiple clear, moulded plastic trays, which are fitted to your upper and lower teeth for approximately two weeks, before being replaced by the next set. The number of trays you require varies depending upon your teeth and how much straightening they need.
Thanks to their accessible nature, invisible finish, and easy-to-use reputation, this type of invisible brace is incredibly popular and has been used by many of your favourite celebs, including Justin Bieber, Khloe Kardashian, and Gisele Bündchen.
The benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign brings a whole host of benefits, including:
Almost Undetectable – Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are almost totally undetectable, meaning no one will know you’re wearing them but you.
Comfortable – Invisalign trays also tend to be a lot more comfortable to wear than traditional braces as their smooth plastic shouldn’t cause too much irritation to the inside of your mouth.
Easy to clean – Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are removed before eating and can also be removed to clean. This means they are much easier to keep clean and maintained.
The disadvantages of Invisalign
However, like all invisible braces, there are a number of disadvantages that come hand in hand with Invisalign:
Limited straightening abilities – Invisalign aligners are only effective for minor straightening requirement. If you require more a more dramatic transformation, you may need to explore other treatment options.
Custom made – Not exactly a disadvantage but because all Invisalign trays are completely custom made, it can take some considerable time between having your moulds taken and the start of your treatment. This also means that if you require a replacement tray, you may have to wait a substantial amount of time for it to arrive, which can hold up your treatment.
Treatment time – Do to the subtle movements involved in Invisalign, treatment can take longer than it would do with traditional braces.