What are Invisible Braces?
There are many types of dental appliances. In recent years, with the demand of adult patients for orthodontic treatment, several solutions, more or less visible, have been developed. Treatments with dental aligners and lingual orthodontics are the most widely used in adults today.
How to choose Invisible Braces?
Your dentist or orthodontist can offer you several types of orthodontic treatment. Depending on the patient’s case, not all systems are possible. Each treatment has its own advantages, a different price, and some disadvantages to be aware of.
To fully understand and make your choice, here is a presentation of all types of dental appliances invisible braces.
Resin bands are an Invisible braces system, less visible than other bands bonded to the visible side of the teeth. The use of invisible braces allows a more discreet system than ceramic brackets, of the exact shade of your enamel. Like any visible orthodontic system, the metal wire remains a negative point making the dental appliance remarkable.
- The most discreet of visible systems
- Usable in all patients
- Risk of significant discoloration
- Risk of detachment
- Dietary restrictions
Lingual orthodontics or Invisible Braces
Lingual orthodontics is the adult dental appliance par excellence. It is the only completely invisible orthodontic treatment. Lingual bands are glued to the inside of the teeth and cannot be seen. The lingual appliance is also the most expensive system, the bands being made to measure and the treatment is more complex for the orthodontist. The lingual appliance is also not available to all practitioners.
- Only completely invisible treatment
- Very low risk of bracket detachment as brackets are patient-specific
- Very few dietary restrictions
- Highest treatment cost in orthodontics
- Longer adaptation time
- Risk of injury to the tongue from the end of the wire
- Speech to be adapted, with often frequent lisping at the start of treatment
Some tips for keeping the color of your Invisible braces
In use, your dental device may show some staining related to your oral hygiene, in order to avoid them:
- Limit the consumption of coffee, wine, and tea, which have strong pigments that can color resin and ceramics
- Smoking is prohibited, both for colorings and for your health, and for the speed of orthodontic treatment.
- Practice rigorous dental hygiene throughout your treatment, including the use of dental brushes
- Limit spices such as curry, saffron, and cumin, which can strongly color the rings orange
- Avoid chewing gum and sweets that can alter the structure of your device or even take off the rings
- Perform scaling every 6 months with your dentist, in addition to consultations with your orthodontist.
What to do in case of yellowed Invisible braces?
The majority of staining comes from the elastics and the metal arch support system. These elements can be changed by your orthodontist. Your practitioner will change these devices regularly and the discoloration will disappear. However, these undesirable colorations are more visible on transparent resin and ceramic devices.
However, never try to bleach your device, especially with baking soda. This product is not suitable and much too abrasive for your teeth.
How much do invisible braces cost?
Invisible Braces are a common system, available from the majority of orthodontists and have a cost of 150000 to 200000. Semesters of dental retention will also be required to maintain the results obtained and limit cases of recurrence. A precise estimate will be given to you by your orthodontist before any treatment.
Which Invisible braces to choose for an adult?
In adults, the choice of your device essentially depends on the case to be treated and your personal preferences. Do not hesitate to seek advice from your practitioner to find the solution best suited to your needs.
Should you choose aligners or Invisible braces?
It should be understood that dental aligners are not available and suitable for all cases of orthodontics. If your case is likely to be treated with traditional splints and braces, that’s largely an individual choice, with aligners generally costing more.
Since Social Security does not offer any support for orthodontics in adults (apart from surgical cases) and complementary health insurance only very rarely, the financial aspect is always important for patients. Many payment facilities are offered by health professionals so that you can benefit from the treatment that best suits your needs. Finally, take into account the opinion of your practitioner, the duration of treatment to be expected, your aesthetic expectations, and your budget to choose the orthodontic technique that suits you.
Which Invisible braces are the most effective?
There is no difference in effectiveness between treatments with invisible aligners and conventional orthodontics. Each type of treatment has its own advantages, but it is quite possible to obtain the same aesthetic results for the same duration with each technique.