Invisible/imperceptible orthodontics have taken off in recent years, but how noticeable are they really?
Invisalign , Six-Month Smiles and C-Fast are among the group of orthodontic braces which can be considered invisible, clear or almost imperceptible. In this blog post we will show some before and after photographs of clear braces as well as investigate the systems themselves to see how invisible they really are.
The first point we need to make is that there is no system which is completely invisible. All of the braces mentioned can be seen if you look close enough, the question really is, can the braces be seen from a normal speaking distance?
Having straighter teeth is more than just vanity. Straighter teeth can also be easier to clean as you will be more able to get interdental brushes or floss in between them. It used to be that adults didn’t have orthodontics because the systems used were conspicuous, society has now changed its perception and with the advent of these clear brace systems more and more adults are now enjoying straighter and healthier teeth
Our dentist, Dr Paul Abrahams takes a look at each of these clear brace orthodontic systems in turn.
What is Invisalign?
Before a treatment plan can be created, we will take a digital impression of your teeth (no nasty impression goo!) to check whether they can be straightened using the Invisalign System. Once confirmed, a detailed treatment plan will then be developed using ClinCheck®, the virtual 3D treatment plan. ClinCheck shows the series of movements your teeth are projected to go through over the course of the treatment – so you can see how your teeth are expected to look at the end of your Invisalign treatment before it even begins.
How invisible is Invisalign?
The person wearing the braces in the background can clearly be seen, the person in the foreground is also wearing braces, but this time they are Invisalign. If you look closely you can see the clear aligners in place, but at a normal speaking distance they would be virtually imperceptible.
What is Six Month Smiles?
The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely with clear adult braces. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
The braces are made from clear brackets which are bonded to your teeth, a tooth coloured arch wire is then used to straighten your teeth, much like conventional braces but this time tooth coloured.
How invisible is Six-Month Smiles
Because the system uses clear brackets bonded to your teeth with tooth coloured wires it doesn’t stand out anywhere near as much as conventional train track metal braces.
Six-Month Smiles results
What is C-Fast?
Cfast is a simple, gentle, minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that corrects alignment issues with the top and bottom front six teeth, and can level and round out the arches, thus satisfying the needs of the vast majority of adult patients who desire a more appealing smile.
Cfast uses clear orthodontic brackets and tooth-colored nickel-titanium wires. The treatment works much like those using clear aligners, but tooth movement is much more predictable and usually completed in half the time.
How invisible is C-Fast?
As previously mentioned it actually impossible to have a totally invisible brace, C-Fast does however use clear brackets and tooth coloured wires, have a look at the video below .