Invisible braces

These are a type of dental brace which are unobtrusive and difficult to notice on the teeth – hence the name ‘invisible braces’. They are worn as a corrective device for crooked or deformed teeth although they are often worn for cosmetic purposes.

Braces were often considered to be awkward and unattractive but technology moves on and recent advances have led to the production of new types of braces which are easy to wear and easy on the eye.

There are two types of invisible braces:

Both of these are discussed further in separate sections.

There is another type of invisible brace known as the Lingual brace. These are comprised of metal brackets and wire, but are worn at the rear of the teeth so cannot be detected.

Advantages of invisible braces

One of the main advantages of this brace is the speed in which it moves the teeth back into position. Conventional braces can take up to 2 years to realign the teeth but this brace can do this in a matter of a few months.

Plus there is the fact that they are made from a clear plastic and slip neatly over the teeth so is hardly seen. They are a good choice for anyone who has a high profile or has a job where they are in the public eye.

Disadvantages of invisible braces

This treatment is effective only if the patient persists with it. If the person stops wearing the brace or removes the brace on a regular basis then the effects will not be as noticeable.

They are not suitable for children: they are designed for teenagers and adults only.

They are not suitable for every orthodontic problem, e.g. a severe overbite. Plus they are more expensive than conventional braces.

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