The good news is that virtually invisible braces do exist. There are two kinds: clear aligners - best known as Invisalign - and inside braces. Inside braces, or lingual braces, are applied to the inside of the teeth, so the appliance can't be seen while smiling or talking.
Invisalign on the other hand, is a series of clear trays that fit tightly over the teeth. While they are not completely invisible, they are definitely more discreet than traditional braces. The clear aligners work well for people who do not have significant orthodontic problems. Best of all, they usually require less frequent visits to the orthodontist!
How Long Do Invisible Braces Take?
Treatment times with both kinds of invisible braces can vary. For instance, Invisalign treatment usually requires about 20 to 30 aligners for your upper and lower teeth. Treatment can take an average of 9 to 15 months to complete, which depends on the severity of your misalignment. Likewise, lingual braces placed behind the teeth can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months. Again this depends on the severity of your case.
Are You a Candidate for Invisible Aligners?
Invisible braces may not be the right solution for some types of misalignment or the more complex bite problems. However, orthodontists can use invisible aligners to treat an array of conditions, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
- Crowded teeth
Orthodontists custom design clear aligners for older teenagers and adults, and generally don't recommend their use for children. Younger teenagers and children with orthodontic issues may require traditional metal or ceramic braces with wires and brackets on the front of the teeth. The treatment was designed primarily for adults as it requires rigid and absolute cooperation, since the trays are worn for up to 22 hours a day and should not be lost or forgotten.
However, only your orthodontist can determine if you are a suitable patient for clear aligners or invisible braces.
Are You a Candidate for Invisible Braces
Lingual braces can take slightly longer than both traditional braces and Invisalign aligners. They also require a slightly higher budget, however lingual braces are the most invisible of the invisible braces treatment options. Lingual braces are suitable for mild to moderate bite and misalignment issues, but your orthodontist is the most qualified to advise on whether inside braces are suitable for you.
Invisible Braces: Invisalign vs Lingual Braces
When considering your invisible braces options, it's important to consider your lifestyle and your budget. Book a consultation with Profile Orthodontics in Joondalup and Claremont to discuss the range of treatments available to you.