Do invisible braces exist?
Is There Such a Thing As Invisible Braces?
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Truly invisible braces don't exist, but there are several that come close
There are no braces that are truly invisible. While many of them come close, all will be at least partially visible.
1. Invisalign- Many people equate invisible braces with Invisalign (clear series of removable aligners), but these can be seen upon close inspection.
2. Ceramic braces- Some people may refer to these as clear braces. While they are less visible than metal braces, they are still visible. In addition, most orthodontists still use metal wires because of the friction issues associated with coated-wires.
3. Lingual braces- Braces attached to the inside surface of your teeth. These are the least visible from a frontal view, but may still be seen when smiling or opening wide.
Seek a consultation with a local orthodontist to discover some of the aesthetic options that are available in your area.
Braces are not truly invisible, but they can be very clear and blend in very well. I use a system of clear braces and clear wires along with a clear retainer in my office called SimpliClear. They show very little and I have had good success with them.
Almost Invisible Braces Exist
Over the last few decades, braces on teeth have become less and less conspicuous. The old metal mouth look is gone forever. Many very inconspicuous types of braces exist but all can have drawbacks. The "Lingual Braces Fad" hasn't gained a lot of traction because they are very uncomfortable to the patient, causing shredding of the tongue while speaking. The least conspicuous of recommended 'braces' is Invisalign, which are invisible to most people, so if the least conspicuous appearance is desired, then Invisalign may be your best bet. They can't be used for all cases and do reflect light more than natural teeth, so bright lights can give them away, but otherwise are very hard to detect by even by a dentist two feet away. I know because I have been fooled myself!
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Invisible braces - all in the eye of the beholder!
No braces are completely invisible, but the Invisalign system of clear removable aligners comes close. If your treatment requires braces attached to the teeth, it is possible your orthodontist will consider using ceramic brackets that are clear or tooth-colored. These braces, particularly if used with tooth colored wires, are not very noticable. In many patients the amount of upper tooth movement required is less than lower. In such cases it may be possible to use upper Invisalign and lower tooth-colored braces. Since lower teeth are generally less visible, this combination may be best. Ask your orthodontist what will meet your particular needs.
Braces can be invisible to others
Although anything applied to the teeth is not 100% invisible, many strides have been made to make braces as invisible as possilbe. The most invisible of all are lingual braces provided by Incognito certified orthodontists. They allow us to move teeth just as effectively and sometimes faster then with braces on the front of the teeth. Removable aligners such as those provided by Invisalign are clear trays so are really only noticed by someone very close to you. Ceramic braces are clear, but sometimes there are small metal components that are still visible. They are somewhat noticeable, but cetainly better than regular metal braces.
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