There are a couple of different types of invisible braces – which are typically designed for adults or older children who may want to straighten their teeth without the obvious look of traditional braces. Invisible braces are typically not used when baby teeth are still present in the mouth. There are generally three types of invisible braces: ceramic brackets, inside braces, and clear aligners.
Ceramic braces work the same way as traditional braces, but they use brackets made out of a material the same colour as the tooth rather than metal in order to camouflage the look of the braces. While ceramic braces stand out less than traditional braces, many people do find that they are not as invisible as they would prefer.
Inside braces, which are sometimes also called lingual braces or “iBraces” are placed behind the teeth rather than in front, so provide a great cosmetic alternative for those who do not want the look of traditional metal braces. Similar to traditional braces, lingual braces work by applying gentle yet continuous pressure on the teeth to encourage them to slowly shift into position. Inside braces do have some special requirements, as they are a bit more involved than regular braces. One of the biggest prohibitive factors with lingual braces is that they do tend to be quite a bit more costly, and they require strong technical expertise from the orthodontist.
Lastly, clear aligners are another type of invisible braces which are custom made for each individual. The aligners are almost entirely invisible and fit snuggle over the teeth – they are engineered to provide just the right amount of pressure to push the teeth into place. Aligners require determined cooperation to ensure they work properly, as the patient must adamantly wear the correct liners week after week, and they must be removed and cleaned between meals, and special events.
Though there are a few different types of invisible braces, they each work in their own way and they may or may not be best for your mouth. If you are thinking of getting invisible braces, talk to your orthodontist to evaluate what type would be best for you.