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Are There Different Types of Invisible Braces?

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What are invisible braces?

Invisible braces are any form of dental appliance system that are clear and difficult to see in the mouth. Some examples of invisible braces are:


Invisalign is the trademarked name for one of the first and probably the best-known aligner braces system. It uses transparent retainer-type appliances that can be removed from the mouth when the person needs to eat, brush their teeth, or floss. Invisalign retainers are replaced with consecutively tighter retainers every 4-6 weeks, just like one would do to tighten traditional metal braces.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are a generic (non-branded) name for the same type of system as Invisalign. They come in the form of a clear retainer that can be taken out of the mouth when needed.

Clear braces or ceramic braces

Clear or ceramic braces are like conventional metal braces, except they are clear rather than metal, and they are not as visible as metal braces.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are a type of braces that are placed on the inner sides of the teeth, rather than the outsides of the teeth, like traditional metal braces.

Common misconceptions about invisible braces

Many people believe that forms of invisible braces don’t work as well and as fast as conventional braces. In fact, invisible braces may take less time to treat the teeth than traditional braces do. It depends on the patient’s orthodontic needs. The Invisalign process, for example, may only take about one year, while standard braces often take up to two years.

Many people believe invisible or clear braces are only meant for adults. Children have the option of using invisible braces as well. Your orthodontist will explain the pros and cons of each system.

Keep in mind that the Invisalign system has limitations. It is not designed for severely misaligned teeth. Invisalign can’t close wide gaps between teeth. It also can’t move teeth up or down.

Invisible braces are not entirely invisible. They are clear, but they can still be seen up close.

Some people believe Invisalign and clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces. The truth is that any orthodontic system can cause some pain and soreness. An experienced orthodontist creates a treatment plan that is as comfortable as possible while still getting the job done.

Whether an individual decides to opt for conventional metal braces, or for another form of clear or invisible braces, the processes are very similar. All types of orthodontic treatments must be monitored closely and checked up on regularly by an orthodontist. It is also vital to keep the braces or retainers clean and to brush and floss the teeth twice daily.

Talk to Doctor Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio

If you are looking for a transparent orthodontic treatment for your teeth such as invisible braces in Burlingame, contact Burlingame Smile Studio for a consultation.

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