Invisible Braces | What Are They and How Do They Work?
Invisible braces offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal (or fixed) braces. Teeth straightening via invisible braces is becoming more popular due to the discreetness of their design and their often exceptional results. This discreet tooth straightening option provides a professional and affordable tooth straightening solution to patients of all ages.
What Types of Invisible Braces are there?
Invisible braces are tooth straightening appliances that benefit from being ‘invisible’ (transparent), offering the wearer a more discrete tooth straightening treatment. There are three primary invisible braces options currently on the market, which are:
- Lingual Braces
- Invisalign (most popular)
- Ceramic Braces
Each of these invisible braces offer their own individual tooth straightening methods, and you will be able to discuss treatment options with your orthodontist during your consultation.
Invisible Braces Costs
The price of invisible braces depends on the type of braces you’re considering.
Invisalign braces typically cost anywhere between £2,500 – £6,000 depending on each patient’s individual requirements.
Lingual braces range between £2,000 – £3,000 for simple cases, and anywhere between £5,000 – £10,000 for complex cases.
Ceramic braces, although similar to fixed (or traditional) braces, will cost slightly more due to their transparent design. Costs vary depending on individual patient requirements but you can expect to pay anywhere from £4,000 to £8,000 again, depending on each patient’s individual needs.
The above price guides are just average estimates. Each invisible braces treatment will vary in cost depending on the patient’s individual requirements. For a bespoke quotation on your invisible braces, you will need to book a consultation with our resident orthodontist, Dr Iain Hoeltschi.
The consultation is completely free of charge and you are not obligated to go through with the treatment if you have a change of heart.
How do Invisible Braces work?
Let’s look at how each invisible braces treatment works, because each treatment is designed with different tooth straightening techniques:
Although lingual braces are positioned behind your teeth, they work in exactly the same way as fixed braces. The reason why lingual braces are becoming more popular is simply because they’re considered ‘invisible braces’. Lingual braces still use wires and adjustable metal (or ceramic) brackets to slowly shift your teeth into position, they’re just discretely placed on the back of your teeth to give the illusion they’re invisible (metal) braces.
Invisalign is currently the most popular invisible braces option, for several reasons. It’s the most discrete invisible braces treatment, the aligners are removable, easily maintainable and they’re require the least maintenance.
Invisalign works by steadily straightening your teeth using two invisible aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next series of aligners until the final position is achieved. Each aligner (or tray) is designed slightly different to the previous, usually moving your teeth approximately 0.25mm per tray.
The aligners must be worn for 22 hours every day to achieve their results, but you can remove them anytime, so eating, brushing and flossing your teeth won’t be a problem.
Invisalign is effective at correcting a variety of orthodontic issues and can be as effective as fixed braces if the moulds are designed correctly. Occasionally, all patients require is a quick fix and Invisalign can offer this – straightening a crooked front tooth in as little as three months, for example.
However, the process can take longer, depending on the complexity of the patient’s case.
Ceramic braces work in a similar way to traditional fixed braces. Ceramic brackets are made of a similar plastic or ceramic material used in fixed braces, the only major difference being ceramic braces tend to use transparent or clear brackets. This type of invisible brace still uses wiring to hold the brackets in place, so they’re aren’t completely transparent but they’re still far more discrete than traditional fixed braces.
Which Invisible Braces do I Choose?
All invisible braces have the ability to help straighten your teeth, it’s ultimately up to you and the discretion of your orthodontist as to what invisible braces you select.
Invisalign is currently the most popular invisible braces option in the industry because of their discrete, transparent design the removable aligners. Dr Iain Hoeltschi has extensive experience with Invisalign and is able to treat even the most complex cases using the Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign is also the most popular invisible brace choice for teenagers, as many who are considering invisible braces are looking for ways to hide or conceal their appearance and Invisalign seems to be the strongest option.
Invisible braces time period depends on the type of treatment you choose. For example, Invisalign is known for correcting problems faster than fixed braces, but are predominantly used to treat minor problems. Invisalign can take as little as six months to rectify a problem, but this depends entirely on the patient’s individual requirements. Fixed braces and lingual braces are typically worn between eight months to two years (sometimes more in complex cases).
You will have a better idea of how long you will have to wear braces after your free consultation with Dr Hoeltschi.
Our Invisible Braces in the UK
Our team are dedicated to ensuring you receive the best customer care and treatment possible. Dr Iain Hoeltschi specialises in invisible braces, particularly Invisalign, and will be able to guide you on the right treatment path for you.
All our patients are given free choice over their invisible braces choice. However Dr Hoeltschi will be on-hand to offer his expert advice if he feels you may benefit from a different invisible braces treatment to the one you’ve chosen.
We offer invisible teeth braces for adults and children. There is no age gap when it comes to invisible braces. Our treatments have helped patients regain their confidence and dramatically improve their oral health.
We understand that prior to orthodontic treatment, you may have a few questions. That’s why we recommend you book a no-obligation, free consultation with our experienced team and Dr Hoeltschi to talk through expectations and what treatment would best suit your needs.
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