Many patients don’t feel comfortable wearing regular braces and let the whole world knows that they are going under some dental treatment.
Not to mention that most children and adults wear braces for aesthetic purposes, and ironically, they don’t have the confidence to smile when they have their braces on.
This is why orthodontists have developed various methods and improved the aesthetics of braces to finally reach the invisible braces that are difficult to see in the mouth to save anyone who is conscious about his/her appearance.
Invisible braces are the dental appliance that is discreet and clear and less visible than regular braces.
This kind of braces is used for many conditions like the gaps between teeth, overbite or overjet teeth, crooked, overlapped, and crowded ones. All can be treated with the right braces, just remember that only a dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this kind of procedure or not.
Invisible braces types
There are many types of invisible braces like clear aligners, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and more, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages.
Ceramic braces are made of composite materials which are weak, and that’s why the treatment needs a longer time than metal braces.
Ceramic braces don’t differ much from metal brackets braces, except that instead of using metal, they use tooth-colored wires and brackets so they can blend with your teeth and make them less visible to the eyes.
These braces are large so they demand rubber ligatures to hold them properly.
You can not remove them until the treatment is finished and they might cause discomfort, or complicate your speaking, eating, or cause issues when taking care of your teeth.
However, ceramic braces can get stained because they are clear and white, but that is not a big problem since you can change them almost every month when you have an adjustment with your dental clinic.
The cost of these braces is about 12000 AED or more, which is more expensive than regular ones. So what you can do is wear ceramic braces on your upper teeth, and metal braces on the rest of your teeth to save some money.
These braces are more advanced than ceramic braces because they are attached to the back of your teeth, and that’s what makes them not visually noticeable at all.
Lingual braces are really inconspicuous braces but can cost significantly extra money.
They straighten teeth like a traditional brace, but instead of having braces fitted to the front of your teeth, they are attached behind using a dental mirror.
Lingual braces are a good solution for patients who do not like the idea of having to remove the brace and those who may not wear them again because they are fixed in place throughout treatment.
Clear aligners are nearly invisible, resistant to clouding caused by abrasion, and are minimally invasive.
They are removable and fit over your teeth to provide a free-irritation and discomfort treatment.
Clear braces are only available by dentists or orthodontists who are certified and trained to provide them and may require special and expensive maintenance.
They can be removed easily when you want to eat, drink, or for other reasons such as special occasions, as well as when you want to brush and floss your teeth, but you need to be always conscious to wear them back.
How to choose?
Patients’ concerns differ from one to another, some patients don’t care how they appear, they just want to have their teeth straightened. On the other, some patients are more concerned about their appearance, so this is how to choose your brace’s type:
Concerned about your appearance
No one knows you better than yourself, so if you are going to be self-conscious about the braces for the whole treatment duration, and have enough money for this kind of braces, and for any additional costs, don’t hesitate, to consult your doctor and get the one that makes you most comfortable.
Concerned about your budget
Braces are considered one costly treatment for many people, yet, you gotta do what you gotta do towards your teeth.
Clear aligners cost about AED 9000 to AED 25000, while lingual braces cost AED 25,000 to 30,000, and ceramic braces price starts at 12000 AED.
So if you’re not willing to pay for expensive braces, avoid lingual braces and go for clear braces or ceramic braces.
Say goodbye to unattractive wire and bracket braces and win a smile with these invisible braces, cherry on top, they only take from 12 to 18 months to straighten your teeth, which makes them really fast and effective. However, the treatment duration depends on the condition and takes consideration and time, so be patient.