What are invisible braces?
Orthodontists have come up with a number of ways to make the wearing of braces more acceptable to those patients who don’t like to show off their appliances. ‘Invisible brace’ is a general term that applies to any orthodontic appliance that is less conspicuous than the traditional metal fixed braces.
Lingual Braces / Braces on the Inside of the Teeth
These are made of metal, but they are bonded to the surface of the teeth facing the inside of the mouth, so they are concealed and almost invisible to the observer. They are suitable only in specific orthodontic cases.
Lingual braces will affect the tongue and initially will have some impact on the patient’s speech and eating. The amount will vary with each patient’s dental arch and tongue position. Lingual appliances are more expensive than conventional braces, because they are specifically custom-made to each patient’s teeth, require special instruments, and special orthodontist and staff training. Dr Pourghadiri is happy to discuss the suitability of this appliance for your specific needs.
Clear Removable Aligners / Invisalign
These look like small colourless gumshields, and are almost invisible. Treatment with them involves a series of thin, clear, precisely customised aligners that gradually move the teeth. Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks, and a series of aligners are used until the teeth are straightened. The aligners are worn full-time, and taken out only for eating and brushing. They are suitable only in specific orthodontic cases.
Many forms of traditional removable appliances can be designed so that very few components are visible when viewed from the front.
Fixed Braces with Metal Brackets
Metal brackets on fixed braces (such as the Damon Q system) these days are quite small, covering a small area of each tooth, making them less conspicuous.
You will still need a consultation with your orthodontist to determine what kind of brace therapy will be most favourable to your specific clinical situation. Contact us for an appointment to discuss your options.