Invisible Braces

Invisible Braces in London

When it comes to having so much comfort and convenience using braces, Invisalign Braces has been one of the best so far. With over 20 years of existence in the orthodontics market, it has been proven to be very effective and can be used to treat a lot of orthodontic cases even malocclusions which people think only metal braces can fix.

Find out more about invisible braces in this informative guide. We will be helping you make the right decision for the right braces to use, the benefits, how they work and a lot of others.

Table of contents

  • What are invisible braces
  • Why are invisible popular
    1. Benefits of invisible braces
  • How invisible braces or aligners work
  • How much do invisible braces cost
  • Types of invisible braces
    1. Comparison between invisible braces and metal braces
  • Taking care of your teeth while using braces
  • Conclusion
  • Frequently asked questions

What are invisible braces?

A lot of people when they hear about braces, they picture metal straps around their teeth. However, there is a solution to having a good set of teeth without wearing metal braces, which is wearing invisible braces. Invisible braces are clear, removable aligners that are worn by a patient to straighten the teeth. The invisible braces are a more favourable choice as it is more comfortable and discreet, especially for those involved in professional careers who wouldn’t find it very pleasing to wear metal braces for months.

Invisible braces are made through a more advanced technology called Smart Track. These invisible braces work by gradually or slightly moving your teeth to achieve better aligned or straightened teeth.

Apart from the invisibility of these type of braces, the invisible braces are done with much technology that a patient doesn’t have to wear them for a long time to achieve results; however, this is dependent on the severity of the treatment. What makes Invisalign one of the most popular and mostly used orthodontic method of treatment is the fact that they are not just only clear but removable. At Chatfield, our professionals are well experienced in the use of invisible braces on our patients. We believe in giving our patients better smiles and confidence.

Why are Invisible Braces Popular?

Invisible braces are new to the market but have gotten so much popularity because they offer a better and pleasant way of achieving beautiful smiles. Having misaligned teeth can cause dental problems later in the future, so it’s better to correct these faults now. A lot of adults prefer to wear braces to correct their faulty teeth, but the issue is not everyone feels comfortable showing everyone they wear braces. As a result of this, invisible braces play a vital role in achieving better smiles without even letting people know you went through the process.

Most professionals, especially those who get to meet with lots of people every day, TV presenters, artists and so on get worried about wearing metal braces because they feel they could be teased at work. Teenagers at school feel they would be teased at school by their friends and classmates for wearing braces that’s why the invisible braces are an option for a lot of people.

If you’re interested in getting invisible braces, contact Chatfield, we would be glad to help you through the process.

Benefits of Invisible Braces

  • Teeth straightening at shorter periods

Invisible braces are made with high technology that makes it easier for patients to achieve results in a lesser period than the normal braces. The invisible braces are designed to gradually shift your teeth with those aligners to achieve a very good set of teeth.

  • Invisible braces are discreet

Imagine wearing braces and still feel comfortable because of how discreet they are. The invisible braces are designed in a way that it can be hidden from untrained eyes, which improves your confidence level when socialising with people or when speaking in public.

  • Invisible braces are flexible

Invisible braces are made to fit your lifestyle in every way as they can be removed easily anytime. Invisible aligners help you take care of your teeth better as they are easily removable, thus enabling flossing and brushing, which is not so for traditional metal braces, which sometimes can cause stains.

Whether your teeth are scattered, too widely spaced, not properly aligned, not to worry, Chatfield is the right place. Our professionals are always ready to help you bring back your confidence. We want all our patients to have beautiful smiles, which is why we care so much for your teeth. Have you ever thought about how everyone would get carried away by just seeing you smile? We can help you achieve that. Just get in touch with our team today.

Contact Chatfield today, and we can help you choose from a wide range of invisible braces suitable for you.

How Invisible Braces or aligners work?

Patients are expected to get new sets of aligners every two weeks and also expected to wear these aligners for up to 22 hours every day except when eating or drinking. These aligners are generally expected to be worn by a patient for about 8 to 12 months; however, this is dependent on the severity of the case. The aligners work better when it has to do with mild cases such as gapped teeth, overbite, underbite or crooked teeth. For more difficult situations such as crossbite, malocclusions or other severe alignment issues, invisible braces may not do much work.

With invisible aligners, the patient would require regular visits to their orthodontists or dentists because using invisible aligners, especially Invisalign would require replacing every two weeks, unlike the traditional braces that don’t really require regular visits.

How much do invisible braces cost?

The cost of invisible braces is about the same or a little higher than traditional metal braces which range between $2500 to about $7000. However, a patient’s specific cost for invisible braces is dependent on the duration and type of treatment. The cost is also dependent on a patient’s dental insurance, location, the dental profession and other restorative work that may be needed during or before the treatment. For example, patients with mild teeth correction can use Invisalign express which is less expensive than using Invisalign full which involves a more severe alignment.

Treatment may be cheaper for those who have dental insurance, so it’s better to consult a dentist before getting a brief on the most favourable financing option for your treatment.

Types of invisible braces

At Chatfield, we offer different types of invisible braces all at the discretion for our patient to choose which is more suitable.

  • Clear glass braces

The clear glass braces are similar to the metal braces in sizes and shape. The difference between clear glass braces and a metal braces is the fact that clear glass braces look more invisible compared to the metal braces. For those who wouldn’t want the usual metal braces, the clear glass braces is a very good option as it also delivers exceptional results. The clear glass braces look more attractive than the metal braces and are very good at achieving the desired results. The clear glass braces cost about $3500- $8000, which is a bit more than the metal braces. The cost of getting braces may sound or look impossible or intimidating, but there are ways of paying for your clear glass braces. If you are having issues as to whether to use a clear glass brace or not, your dentist can help you in such situations and also for the payment plan that may be favourable to you.

  • Invisalign Braces

Invisalign braces are a clear innovative brace that uses clear and removable aligners to straighten your teeth gradually. The Invisalign braces are mostly used by a lot of orthodontists for teeth alignment issues. The Invisalign was first brought into the market by Align Technology in the year 2000 with a full force marketing campaign. The Invisalign braces made a good name for itself in the orthodontics market because it gave a guarantee of subtly straightening the teeth without even been noticed.

Originally, Align Technology came up with only a type of Invisalign braces which was the Invisalign Full but over time came up with other types of invisible braces to treat patients according to the severity of their treatments.

Other types of Invisalign braces include;

  • Invisalign Lite and i7: these types of Invisalign braces are for moderate cases of misalignment which do not need the full treatment. The Invisalign i7 is mostly used for little or minor corrections or aesthetic purposes. The lite and i7 mainly involve using a set of seven aligners for treatment, and the result is usually achieved in about three to four months.
  • Invisalign Teen: the Invisalign teen is designed specially to work with the growing teeth and jaws of teens. During teen ages, the teeth and jaws are still evolving, so it is best to use aligners that can still work with the changes. The teenager is the best time to fix any alignment issues with the teeth. Although not all types of braces are designed to work according to the changes in the jaws and teeth of teenagers, which is why the Invisalign teen was designed for this purpose. The Invisalign comes with some special features which includes
    • Free replacement up to six for lost or damaged aligners
    • Special aligners designed to allow jaw advancement
    • Indicators to show parents or dentists if the teen is keeping to treatment
    • Tooth eruption tabs made to allow spaces for other growing tooth

Other brands

Invisalign braces have been a significant brand of invisible braces, but there are other brands of invisible braces which your dentist may also offer as an aligner solution. It is also good to note that when choosing brands for aligners, it is advisable to consider a brand that has spent enough time on research. Other brands include:

  • 3M Clarity Advanced

The 3M clarity advanced braces are designed to be stain resistant. This means that a patient doesn’t necessarily restrict how he or she eats or drinks for fear of discolouration. The 3M braces are designed to have rounded corners and a low profile to reduce the occurrence of irritation inside the mouth. Invisible braces are made to be invisible to other eyes, but the 3M comes with the option of adding a colour splash to make it look colourful for someone who wouldn’t mind a colour splash for a change.

  • Clear smiles braces

Clear Smiles braces made by a British company, Clear smiles offers a variety of adult braces such as clear smile aligner and clear smile braces.

  • Inman Aligner Braces

This brand has been in the US market and recently introduced to the UK market. The Inman Aligner uses patented technology, meaning that it uses its spring-loaded designed system to put pressure on the back of the teeth to simultaneously bring them into line. Treatment with Inman Aligner usually takes six to eighteen weeks to complete. The difference between the Inman aligner and the Invisalign braces is that the Inman aligners are not considered to be a full orthodontics treatment; thus, it works for only the front teeth. These aligners are mainly meant for patients who wore braces but later developed crooked teeth as they stopped wearing braces.

Other types of braces

  • The Lingual Braces

The lingual braces are different from the Invisalign braces. These types of braces are fixed behind your teeth. The lingual braces are much discreet than the Invisalign braces because they are difficult to notice as they are placed behind the teeth, which is unarguably the most discreet kind of braces especially those who are concerned about their appearance. The lingual braces if they are worn on the top arch, speech may be affected, and also it may cause soreness in the tongue for a few days after which, the patient might get used to it.

How does Lingual Braces Work?

Lingual braces are placed at the back of the teeth using brackets and wires. The lingual braces are almost like the traditional braces except for the fact that it moves teeth from the inside rather than the outside. The lingual braces are made by taking an impression of a patient’s teeth; these impressions are sent to the laboratory, which in turn uses sophisticated technology to make these brackets.

Cost of Lingual Braces

Lingual braces cost more than ceramic braces. The reason why it’s costlier than the regular traditional and ceramic braces is because of the sophisticated technology it uses to create customised brackets that are made to fit the contours behind each tooth.

  • Tip edge brace
  • Pendulum appliance
  • Fixed twin block
  • Removable twin block
  • Damon Braces 

Comparison between invisible braces and metal braces

  1. Invisible braces are made to be virtually invisible for the wearer to feel less conscious while the metal braces are very visible and can sometimes make the wearer uncomfortable.
  2. Invisible braces, especially the Invisalign, can be removed easily when eating or drinking, unlike the metal braces that are fixed in the teeth and cannot be removed except when treatment has been completed.
  3. With invisible braces, especially the Invisalign braces, there’s no restriction or limitations as to what the wearer can eat or drink so far as the braces are removable.
  4. Invisible braces are a more hygienic option because food particles cannot get stuck in them. The trays are also very easy to clean and also teeth can also be brushed or flushed as well. Unlike the metal braces, food particles may somehow get stuck in them and cleaning the teeth properly may not be possible, thus discolourations may occur.
  5. Invisible braces are much more expensive than the metal braces because they go through a more sophisticated technology which the metal braces does not require to pass through.
  6. Invisible aligners can be lost and may need replacement, which may be an additional cost while metal braces cannot be lost because they are fixed.
  7. The wearers of invisible braces, especially the Invisalign, must always brush before fixing back the braces.
  8. Wearers may forget to wear their braces, which may not be good and thus can delay the desired results. 

Taking care of your teeth while using invisible braces

If you opt to use braces, then you would need to be extra cautious while wearing them. If you need help on how to properly clean your teeth while using braces, your orthodontist is the right person to show you. Cleaning your teeth with braces can take some time depending on the type of braces and also avoid bacteria build up in the teeth. Cleaning your braces right after eating is advisable and if this is not possible, rinse well with water to wash off some food particles. You can also ask your orthodontist the kind of food that you should avoid while wearing braces.

Aftercare

  • Brush twice a day
  • An electric toothbrush may be a good option
  • Using fluoride mouthwash to rinse your mouth
  • Regular visits to the dentist
  • Wearing retainers

Conclusion

A lot of people which includes adults and teenagers would love to straighten their teeth but would want to do so without been noticed as someone who wears braces. Apart from the fact that they want these braces to be discreet as possible, patients would also want to feel very comfortable enough to remove their braces whenever they want to eat or sleep.

For more information and questions on invisible braces, contact us today.